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Palisades Episcopal School holding Storytime Adventures Oct. 10

Pratt named OMS staff of month

Bill Pratt has been named as the Oakridge Middle School Staff Member of the Month for August.

Pratt is in his 20th year of education. He has worked as a middle school math teacher, elementary and middle school assistant principal, elementary school principal, and now a technology integration specialist.

He lives in Clover with his wife and three sons, who attend Kinard and Griggs Road elementary schools and Clover Middle School.

Pratt enjoys time with his family, reading online articles and watching movies. He attends New River Community Church.

Lott named national scholarship semifinalist

Creative writing seniors Michaela Jenkins and Gabriella Lott of the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities are semifinalists in the National Achievement Scholarship Program.

Lott of Lake Wylie is a member of the Governor’s School Honor Council and a student council representative for the senior class. Along with winning a Scholastic Art and Writing Gold Key, she has been recognized as a Furman Scholar and a Presbyterian College Fellow. She is an executive council member for Connecting Arts Through Service.

Jenkins of Columbia, is a student ambassador for the school with awards in poetry and fiction, including a Scholastic Art and Writing Gold Medal. A National Honor Society scholar, Jenkins serves as president of the International Relations Club and volunteers with Connecting Arts Through Service.

Of the more than 160,000 students who enter the National Achievement Scholarship Program each year, semifinalists represent the top 1 percent. These students now have an opportunity to continue in the competition for one of 800 Achievement Scholarship awards worth about $2.5 million.

Story adventure Oct. 10 at PES

Storytime Adventures, a reading and art workshop, is 10-10:45 a.m. Oct. 10 at Palisades Episcopal School, 13120 Grand Palisades Parkway.

Storytime is for children age 3-5 and their caregivers. Limited to 15 children. Reservations required by emailing

CHS class of ’89 reunion Oct. 18

The Clover High School class of 1989 will hold its 25th class reunion at 7 p.m. Oct. 18 at Spring Lake Country Club.

For activities planned and to register, visit

For more information, email or call 803-222-6552.

PES Fall Festival Oct. 18

The Palisades Episcopal School Fall Festival is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 18 at Lake Wylie Baptist Church, 16105 Grand Palisades Pkwy.

The festival will include a pumpkin patch and decorating station, games, inflatable slide and obstacle course, fly wall, athletic challenge led by ex-NFL running back Tremayne Stephens, a cow train, face painting, football toss, cornhole and food.

Activity wristbands cost $20. For more information, call 704-583-1825.

FFA officers attends workshop

Clover High School’s Future Farmers of America officers attended the Mid-State Chapter Opportunity Workshop Sept. 23 in Pelion.

The officers mingled with other chapters throughout the mid-state region and gained knowledge to better the chapter through a workshop put on by the state officers. Teacher Kelsey Anderson is the faculty adviser for the award-winning club.

Homeschoolers offered outdoors class

The Clemson Extension Service in York County and city of Rock Hill will host Great Outdoors Adventures 9 a.m.-3 p.m. for home-schooled students October-June for ages 5-15 in Rock Hill.

The cost for four adventures is $65 for ages 5-9 and $75 for ages 10-15.

Events will help students cultivate awareness, knowledge, appreciation and concern for the natural environment and physical fitness while using the outdoors as a classroom. Students learn bicycle safety, goal setting, animal adaptations, compassing and soil quality, and take an ecology and history hike.

Call 803-684-9919, ext. 113 or email for information.

Child Find screenings available

Child Find, a screening process to help families identify children with special needs who may require specialized instruction, is available in the Clover School District.

For more information or to arrange a screening, call 803-810-8400.

S.C. Teaching Fellows accepting applications

The South Carolina Teaching Fellows Program is accepting applications at

The program is open to high school seniors in South Carolina interested in becoming a teacher. To be eligible, students must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident legally authorized to be in the U.S. and a legal resident of South Carolina.

The fellowship is awarded each year to as many as 200 high school seniors. Fellows receive up to $24,000 in funds while they complete a degree leading to a teaching license. A fellow agrees to teach in a South Carolina public school one year for every year he or she receives the fellowship.

Fellows attend one of 12 institutions across the state: Anderson University, Charleston Southern University, Coastal Carolina University, College of Charleston, Columbia College, Francis Marion University, Lander University, Newberry College, USC-Aiken, USC-Columbia, USC-Upstate or Winthrop University.

Fellows are identified through a selection process that includes the application, an interview in front of a panel of three educators, a presentation and a writing sample. Awards will be made in early spring.

Kangaroo Express offering scholarship

Kangaroo Express is giving away a $500 scholarship.

Download the Kangaroo Express mobile app and navigate to the More tab. The contest is open until Feb. 1. One winner will be randomly selected from each university in the Big South and announced at the Big South Basketball Championships March 4-9 at Coastal Carolina University.