Youth & Education

21st Century Community Learning Grant from State for $200,000 Propels Enrichment Services at Mary Ford Elementary

Research shows that academic, behavioral and artistic afterschool programs improve all areas of students’ performance in Title One schools. Nyla Bell, now a rising 10th grader with the grades and plans to become a pediatrician, is one of those students. Once a 5th grader with behavior issues, Nyla turned herself around with help from Charleston…

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U.S. Dream Academy Receives One Million Dollar Donation from Oprah Winfrey for 20th Anniversary

The U.S. Dream Academy hosted an exciting 17th Annual “Power of A Dream” Gala themed “Living the Dream” recently at the Washington, D.C. Marriott Marquis presented by Amway in honor of the organization’s 20th Anniversary. The gala fundraising goal of $1 million for the 450 attending guests was exceeded when global media leader Oprah Winfrey…

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Be A Mentor Announces Its Sixth Annual “Going Places Gala: Making Waves”

Be A Mentor, a non-profit children’s advocacy organization, is excited to announce its 6th Annual “Going Places Gala: Making Waves” to be held on November 1st, 2018 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The fundraiser will take place at Sterling Hall at Hyatt Place Hyatt House located at 560 King Street, Charleston, SC. As the organization’s biggest fundraiser of…

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Keep Music Alive Celebrates Third Annual Kids Music Day

The 3rd Annual “Kids Music Day” will be celebrated on Friday October 5, 2018. Each year, Keep Music Alive partners with music schools, music retail and other music organizations worldwide to spotlight the importance of including music in children’s education. Events held by participating locations include open houses, instrument petting zoos, student music performances, community/family…

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Betsy DeVos Slammed for Wanting to Use ESSA Funds to Purchase Guns in School

By Lauren Poteat, NNPA Washington Correspondent After the unveil of explosive reports where U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, openly considered allowing schools to use federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) funding, to purchase firearms and provide firearm training to educators, members of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (TLC) have stepped in with an open letter to…

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QEP Releases Statement on the Racist Comments of Andrea Pruitt

This past week, Andrea Pruitt, the spouse of Andy Pruitt, the Director of Communications for CCSD, posted racist and racially inappropriate messages on social media, contrasting students at Burke High School who were attending school without air conditioning to “kids in Africa [who] walk across mountain ranges, barefoot in hundred degree heat dodging herds of…

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Dunston Elementary Sex Abuse Case: Parents, Come Forward!!!

By Beverly Gadson-Birch The Charleston County School Board held its regularly scheduled Board meeting September 24. Present were parents and community members demanding answers to how and why a student advocate employee, later promoted to parent advocate with the district, was allowed to remain at the school after child pornography was found on his computer. Former…

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Howard University Gives Way to Inaugural Sports and Entertainment Summit

By Lauren Poteat, NNPA Newswire Correspondent WASHINGTON, DC — Celebrating the official start of the academic school year, Howard University, gave way to their 151stopening convocation with award-winning journalist, NBC anchor Lester Holt, who received an honorary doctorate during the event. Challenging students at the historically Black institution to engross themselves in critical thinking, and to…

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Dunston Elementary School Employee Investigation: All Students Matter

By Beverly Gadson-Birch While Hurricane Florence was stirring up wrath across South Carolina, allegations of sexual assault on students and thousands of child pornography on a school laptop issued to former employee Marvin Gethers at Dunston Elementary School were stirring up wrath within the Charleston community. Undeniably, school officials and investigative authorities dropped the ball…

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