Education news for Aug. 15

August 15, 2013 

York schools offer VIP passes

The York School District is offering to seniors and retired district employees a pass that entitles them to free admission to public school events such as regular season ball games, plays and concerts.

VIP Courtesy Passes will be made from 9 to 11 a.m. or 1 to 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19 and 26 or Wednesday, Aug. 21 and 28. Pictures for the pass can also be made on the first Wednesday of the month. The picture identification pass will be taken at the Education Services Center, 16 Spruce St.

Passes will be honored at all district-sponsored events except play-off games sponsored by the S.C. High School League or other organizations.

Residents of the district who are 60 or older are eligible. District retirees qualify regardless of age. It will not be necessary to renew the picture ID card once it has been issued.

To obtain a pass, call 684-1905 to make an appointment. Bring proof of age, such as a driver’s license. You will be asked to complete an application form and will have a picture taken.

For details, contact Maria Duncan, director of human resources, at 684-9916, ext. 301.

Two York schools win cash in Big Lots contest

Harold C. Johnson and Hunter Street elementary schools in York are among 37 schools nationally that will start the school year with extra cash as winners of Big Lots’ 2013 Lots2Give video contest.

A total of 185 schools competed for a share of $120,000 in the sixth annual Lots2Give video contest. Big Lots asked schools to submit a short video and brief essay explaining why their school needs financial support.

From June 10 through July 7, America voted for their favorite video at www.biglots.com/lots2give. More than 405,000 votes were cast to determine the 37 winners, which include one $20,000 grand prize, two $10,000 first place prizes, four $5,000 second place prizes, and 30 third place prizes of $2,000 each.

Harold C. Johnson was a third-place winner of $2,000. In addition, Big Lots collected in-store donations or $1 or $5 to help the 250 schools enrolled in the Lots2Give program.

The two York schools were among seven in the Charlotte area, and the only ones in York County, that were participants in the program.

Clover student participating in research scholar program

A Clover student is one of six students from the S.C. Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics class of 2014 who are participating in the Research Experience Scholars Program, an international research exchange opportunity.

Groups of three students have traveled to either Heidelberg, Germany, to conduct biology research at the German Cancer Research Center or to Seoul, South Korea, to conduct physics research at the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.

Gabriel S. Carrillo, son of Robert and Gladys Davis of Clover, traveled to Germany.

The exchange program with the Johanna Wittum Schule and the German Cancer Research Center in Germany started in 2009. In 2011, the exchange with Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology and the Gyeonggi Science High School was added. Three students from each of the partner schools will come to South Carolina and participate in research at the University of South Carolina or Clemson University.

RESP is the international equivalent of the Summer Program for Research Interns (SPRI), a graduation requirement for all GSSM students during the summer between their junior and senior years.

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