Nominate a volunteer
The Fort Mill Area Chamber Council's annual Education/Volunteer of the Year Awards program is now accepting nominations. The awards program will be held Tuesday, April 22. To nominate someone for Citizen of the Year and/or Civic Volunteer of the Year, call the Fort Mill chamber office at 547-5900.
Residents excel at Columbia
Kelly Christine Sanders of Fort Mill has been named to the President's List at Columbia College.
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Ashley Nicole Osborne and Erinn Shealy Roper, both of Fort Mill, both made the school's Dean's List.
Columbia College is a private, liberal arts women's college.
Give your child a Head Start
The local Head Start program is now accepting applications for children under age 4 for the 2008-'09 program year.
Head Start serves children from low-income families and children with disabilities. The Head Start Center in your area is located at 100 Lestina Court, Fort Mill. Call 802-7587.
Local students make the grade at The Citadel
The Citadel honored the following cadets and active duty military students from Fort Mill Township for academic excellence during the fall semester:
Winston Caleb Knowlton of Fort Mill, the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Knowlton; Ryan Robert Newkirk of Fort Mill, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Steven Newkirk; and Jordan Lee Woodburn, of Fort Mill, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth M. Bolam.
Open house at Comenius
The Comenius School for Creative Leadership in Fort Mill invites all interested families to an open house from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 16. CSCL is located on the grounds of the former Heritage USA and is a private Christian school for students in pre-K through 12th grade. Call 547-3223, ext. 292 during school hours.
Tarr on Dean's List
Alex Tarr, a 2007 graduate at Fort Mill High School, has made the Dean's List at Charleston Southern University. He was also awarded the highest scholarship available at CSU.
Orchard Park plans golf outing
The Orchard Park Elementary School PTO is planning a golf outing at the Palisades Country Club to raise at least $5,000 to enhance and upgrade classroom technology at the school. For details, call 548-8170.
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Prom dresses needed
Palmetto Youth Dance Company is currently collecting gently used prom/formal dresses at the Keller Williams building located in Baxter Village and Kendra's Academy of Dance near the Lowe's home improvement store. Individuals can drop their cleaned dresses at their convenience.
PYDC will be hosting a fashion show/Prom dress sale at the Orchard Park Elementary Auditorium 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.pydc.net.
Food program available
Avery Lake Head Start is the local provider of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Child and Adult Care Food Program. The program is available to all eligible residents and federal law requires that no one can be denied on the basis if race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. Eligibility is based on household income. For details, call 802-7587 or 1-800-795-3272.
Host families needed
n Learn firsthand about another culture without leaving the United States and establish a friendship that will last a lifetime. Forte International Exchange Association has international students from many different countries arriving into the area and surrounding communities for home stay programs. They speak English, have their own spending money and medical insurance. Most importantly, they have a lot of love to give their American host family. F.I.E.A. is a nonprofit educational organization who is looking for caring host families to share the American way of life. If you think you may be interested in hosting a foreign teen or would like more information about the program, call District Director Karen Shell at 1-888-866-9148.
n Local host families are also needed by the Pacific Intercultural Exchange to place students from Germany, Russia, Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil, Macedonia, Hungary, Korea, Mexico, Australia, Yugoslavia, China, and many predominantly Islamic nations such as Yemen, Syria, Jordan, Morocco, Kuwait, Iraq and Qatar. The agency also has travel/study program opportunities available for American high school students as well as possibilities for community volunteers to assist and work with area host families, students and schools. Families interested in learning more about student exchange or arranging for a meeting with a community representative may call P.I.E., toll-free, at 1-866-546-1402.
Support group for parents meets
A parent support group for children with any disorder, disability or learning issues meets at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 292 Munn Road in Fort Mill. The group discusses coping skills, experiences, self care and school-related issues. For details, call 802-4484.
--compiled by staff