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PLAID ABOUT READING PROGRAM EXPANDS TO CHARLESTON

Now in its ninth year, the Heritage Classic Foundation’s annual Plaid About Reading program, presented by Future Scholar, has has hit a record number of entries. Twenty-one elementary schools from Hilton Head Island to Charleston participated in the Plaid About Reading program Feb. 4-15 for a chance to win Heritage tickets and money for their schools and to meet PGA Tour golfers. The lighthearted scholastic competition gives area elementary school students in grades kindergarten through fifth a chance to win $500 for their school, $150 for their class, tickets to the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing and the chance to meet a professional golfer at Coca-Cola Youth Day, held the Tuesday of tournament week.

TCL TO HOST OPEN HOUSES

Technical College of the Lowcountry will host open houses for the public. Health Sciences is from 5- 7 p.m. on March 14 at the New River campus in Bluffton. Come and explore TCL’s programs in massage therapy, medical assisting, nursing, physical therapist assistant, radiologic technology and surgical technology. Meet faculty and staff and learn about the application process. Business & Industrial Technologies and Public & Human Services Open House is from 4 to 7 p.m. on April 4 at the Beaufort Campus. Discover TCL’s professional and technical career programs including building and industrial technologies; business administration; computers and electronics; education; criminal justice; paralegal and more. Latino families are invited to learn about TCL’s college and career opportunities, admission processes and financial aid from 4-7 p.m. on April 25 at the New River Campus. For details go to tcl.edu or tcl.edu/latino.

SUN CITY TO HOST VOLUNTEER FAIR

Sun City Hilton Head Community Association will hold the Sun City Volunteer Fair from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. March 23 at Pinckney Hall. The event will feature area nonprofit organizations showcasing volunteer opportunities, helping them connect with Sun City residents looking to get involved.

JUNIOR SERVICE LEAGUE TO HOLD PROM BOUTIQUE

community connection2The Junior Service League of Beaufort is hosting its eighth annual Prom Boutique on March 9. The Prom Boutique has helped more than 75 girls choose from a wide-variety of new and gently used formal dresses, accessories and jewelry at no cost. This event is offered to juniors and seniors in Beaufort, Jasper and Hampton counties. The event will take place at the Academy of Career Excellence. 

JUNIOR JAZZ FOUNDATION DONATES KEYBOARD LAB

Every student at St. Helena Elementary School will have the opportunity to learn to read and play music thanks to the donation of a keyboard laboratory by The Junior Jazz Foundation this fall. The school had sought support from the foundation to help introduce all students to the language of music, and working with music teacher Jenna Fisher, The Junior Jazz Foundation purchased a state-of-the-art Yamaha Keyboard Laboratory and installed the lab in a dedicated music classroom. The Junior Jazz Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that works to preserve the art of jazz by educating young musicians and holding live performance.

HERITAGE SEEKING STUDENT VOLUNTEERS

International Junior Golf Academy is seeking middle- and high school-aged students interested in volunteering to be standard-bearers during the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing, to be held April 17-21 at Harbour Town Golf Links. Volunteers should be able to walk 18 holes of golf, carry a standard and keep score. A two-day commit is requested and includes a morning or afternoon shift Wednesday to Sunday. Golf knowledge and etiquette is recommended but not required. For more information, call Skylar Jewell at IJGA at 240-252-9450.

DAR NAMES MIDDLE SCHOOL ESSAY CONTEST WINNERS

darlogo2The Emily Geiger Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, announced winners from two local schools for its American History Essay Contest: Fifth-grader Kevin Bomia and seventh-grader Imisioluwa Banigbe, both from Cross Schools; and sixth-grader Addison Powell and eighth-grader Ahmari Cannickof H. E. McCracken Middle School. DAR chapter regent Debi Bacon and American history chairwoman Ann Piercy presented the awards at February’s chapter meeting at Bluffton United Methodist Church. The essay title for this year’s competition was “The Women's Suffrage Campaign.”

SEAHAWKS SUPPORT STUDENTS

The Seahawk Support Circle wishes to thank the community, parents and teachers who donated, volunteered and supported the group’s holiday bag project in 2018. Thanks to the monetary donations, gift cards and other donated items, the group sent home with students in need more than 120 large bags filled with holiday gifts. Special thanks to Island Lutheran Church, May River Dermatology, James Wedgeworth/Charter One Realty.

The Seahawk Support Circle provides assistance to students of Hilton Head High School who are struggling due to homelessness, loss of parent or guardian, illness, financial and other crisis issues.