School briefs for July 21st-27th

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Raise the Dough helps local school

On the first Tuesday of every month through August, Papa John’s will donate 20 percent of its online orders to John Paul II Catholic School in Okatie.

To participate, go to and place an online order at participating stores. Enter promo code JP2CSRTD, then click apply. (Don’t forget to do this part because this is how the order will be tracked.)

Participating stores are on Hilton Head at 24 Palmetto Bay Road; in Bluffton at 80 Baylor Drive; and in Beaufort at 330 Robert Smalls Parkway.

TCL will host Aviation Showcase on July 28

The Technical College of the Lowcountry is hosting an Aviation Showcase at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 28, at the TCL Beaufort Campus.

Visitors will get up-close access to TCL’s aviation lab and equipment, including a Cessna 150. In addition, current students will invite visitors to participate in hands-on demonstrations of VHF radio communications, a turbine engine borescope, aluminum rivet station and more.

Refreshments will be provided.

“This is a great opportunity for people of all ages to see what a career in aviation might look like,” said Sean Henrickson, TCL’s director for Military Education. “Plus, it will also allow students in the Airframes and Powerplants program to showcase the variety of skills they’ve learned and mastered.”

TCL’s current Aviation Professional Programs include aviation maintenance and a commercial radio licensing prep course. Future offerings will include structures and composite courses.

For more information, call 843-525-9369.

Eight schools to offer free breakfast, lunch

Eight district schools are offering free breakfasts and lunches to all of their students.

The Community Eligibility Provision, a federally funded initiative, serves schools with high percentages of students from low-income families.

The eight participating schools in Beaufort County this year are Beaufort Elementary, Lady’s Island Elementary, Robert Smalls International Academy, Joseph S. Shanklin Elementary, St. Helena Elementary, Whale Branch Elementary, Whale Branch Middle and Whale Branch Early College High.

Other schools will continue to offer free and reduced-price lunches to students whose families apply and demonstrate financial need under the National School Lunch Program, through which the district serves free meals to more than 10,000 students and reduced-price lunches to about 1,300 more.

CEP, established in 2010, is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  Schools are eligible to participate if more than 40 percent of their students are determined to be low income.

In the eight participating Beaufort County schools, the average poverty rate is 84 percent.

Parents or guardians who do not want their children to participate in CEP can call Daniel Kolat at 843-322-0800.

USC Upstate recognizes recent graduates

The University of South Carolina Upstate recognized May graduates, including Kyrrah Singleton and Steven McKinnon Davis, both of Beaufort, during commencement exercises held May 3.

USC Upstate offers more than 40 bachelor’s degree programs in the liberal arts and sciences, business administration, nursing, and teacher education, and master’s degrees in education, informatics and nursing.

TCL to hold one-stop enrollment event

The Technical College of the Lowcountry will hold an apply-and-enrollment event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, July 28.

Participants can choose a program of study, apply for admission, complete placement testing, get financial aid information, register for classes and tour campuses.

The events will be held at the TCL campuses at Building 12, 921 Ribaut Road, Beaufort; the New River campus lobby, 100 Community College Drive, Bluffton; and the Hampton lobby, H. Mungin Center, 54 Tech Circle, Varnville.

Call 843-525-8207 or email for more information.

Two students win Pinckney scholarships

Two Beaufort County students, Christian Carter and Henry Jones, are in the first class of Reverend Pinckney Scholars.

The Reverend Pinckney Scholars Program was established by a group of anonymous donors in memory of the tragic June 17, 2015, shooting at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston.

Named for the church’s late pastor, the scholarship program is dedicated to promoting access to higher education for African-American students. The scholarship is run by Coastal Community Foundation and provides up to $10,000 per year and other supportive resources over each scholar’s four years of college.

United Way collecting school supplies 

Women United of the United Way of the Lowcountry is coordinating Operation Backpack again this year to help more than 435 students at six elementary schools in Beaufort and Jasper counties prepare for the school year.

This program will provide students with a new backpack filled with school supplies and uniforms.

Operation Backpack aims to fill the gap and help students who are not served by other agencies by working with local guidance counselors and social workers to identify children needing school supplies at Hardeeville Elementary, Red Cedar Elementary, Ridgeland Elementary, Shanklin Elementary, St. Helena Elementary and Whale Branch Elementary.

The United Way of the Lowcountry is collecting school supplies for Operation Backpack through Friday, July 29.

The supplies include:

• Pocket folders (two pockets)

• Crayola washable markers

• #2 pencils (box of 12 count)

• Pencil bag (with three holes to fit into binder)

• Pencil sharpener

• Ruler (12 inch, clear if possible)

• Scissors (5 inch)

• Ear buds

• Glue sticks

• Composition notebook (marble)

• Index cards

• Three-ring binder (1 inch or 1 1/2 inch)

• Highlighter (yellow)

• Dividers for binders

• Hand sanitizer

• Box of facial tissue

• Backpack (standard size, no wheels)

• Gift cards (Old Navy and Walmart to purchase uniform shirts)

Donation boxes have been placed at numerous locations throughout the Lowcountry including:

• Beaufort Fire Station, 135 Ribaut Road, Beaufort

• Beaufort Jasper Water & Sewer Authority, 6 Snake Road, Okatie

• Lowcountry Insurance, 80 Lady’s Island Drive, Lady’s Island

• United Way of the Lowcountry offices at 2266 Boundary St. in Beaufort; 10 Buckingham Plantation Drive, Suite D, in Bluffton; and 1509 Grays Highway in Ridgeland

• Walmart (Beaufort Store), 350 Robert Smalls Parkway

Gift cards and checks should be mailed to United Way of the Lowcountry, P.O. Box 202, Beaufort, SC  29901.

(Note:  Checks need to be made out to United Way of the Lowcountry with “Operation Backpack” in the memo)

For more information, visit; or contact Jaime Dailey-Vergara at or call 843-982-3040.