ACHIEVEMENTS Sophomore Tafari Salaam performed as first chair saxophonist and soloist with the Winterfest High School Honors Concert Band at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah on Dec. 3.
EVENTS Battery Creek students will perform holiday and classical strings music at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Savannah International Airport. The Morningside Community meets at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday for gingerbread house making with the elderly and Christmas ornament making. Interact Club's Christmas for pets is Thursday. Bring wrapping paper, dog treats and food and ideas for candy ornaments. The school's winter gala is at 7 p.m. Thursday in the school's performing arts center.
HELPING HANDS New, unwrapped toys for ages 1-12 for Toys for Tots can be dropped off in the MCJROTC office or in Mrs. Groom's office by Friday. Details: Lt. Col. Ganas, 843-322-5606 A canned food drive for Salvation Army will be held until Friday. Donations can be dropped off in a container in the front office. The school is participating in the FWDG Coat Drive. It hopes to donate 4,500 coats. New or gently used coats, thick sweaters and jackets are needed for all ages. Coats can be dropped off with Mrs. Grooms. SADD members and parents will serve free coffee, tea and hot chocolate from noon to midnight Dec. 22 and 23 at the Interstate 95 rest stop in Hardeeville. At least six to eight students are needed to work shifts. Parents are encouraged to assist. Donations of coffee, hot cocoa mix, packets of sugar and sugar substitute, creamer, tea bags, gallons of water and hot cider mix are needed. Details: Diane Grooms, 843-322-5580
EVENTS Seventh-graders depart at 6:30 a.m. today for Union. They will tour a pre-Civil War home, Rose Hill Plantation and the Carnegie Library Museum. Eleventh-grade students will host a holiday store for pre-kindergarten through fourth-grade students Tuesday and Thursday. Honor Council meets at 12:35 p.m. Tuesday in the Learning Center Conference Room. Upper School students will perform the play "Free" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Internship presentations from all students who took park in one during Interim will begin at 8:15 a.m. Thursday. The community is invited to attend. Register withMJ Simmons at 843-524-3393 by Wednesday. The preschool and Lower School Glee Club Christmas musical will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday.
OTHER Congratulations to the Festival of Trees top finishers. First place in the Student 1 category was the Lower School tree, "Naturally Beaufort." Third place in the Student 1 category was pre-kindergarten and kindergarten tree, "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie." Third place in the Student 2 category was the middle school history class tree, "300 Years In Beautiful Beaufort."
BEAUFORT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
EVENTS A STAR student lunch will take place Friday. The STAR program awards classes for good behavior. Community members are invited to attend lunch with the class that has received the most awards. If you know of someone you think should join the students for the STAR lunch, contact Spanish teacher Deb Manyin.
HELPING HANDS The school is a drop off location for Toys for Tots. Please send new, unwrapped toys to Mrs. Oddo's room by Wednesday. The school is also sponsoring a Salvation Army food drive.
BEAUFORT COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT
ENRICHMENT Wednesday is the deadline to register for fourth- through eighth-grade students to be screened and identified as artistically gifted and talented. Students in this category participate in extra arts opportunities, include performing arts festivals and workshops. To register: http://tinyurl.com/clxvqoe or 843-322-5424.
OTHER Annual Needs Assessment surveys have been posted online for each school and the district at www.beaufort.k12.sc.us and the schools' individual websites.
EVENTS The Gingerbread Theater, a children's theater program, is hosting one last showing for "Pocahontas" to raise money for 98.7 The River's "Christmas Wish" program. "Christmas Wish" helps 10 local families coping with cancer during the holidays. The performance will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the school's auditorium. Tickets are $5. All proceeds will go to "Christmas Wish." Details: 843-322-2152
EVENTS The winter musical concert will be 6 p.m. Tuesday in the school's gym. Band and chorus will perform.
HELPING HANDS Sixth-graders are participating in the 21st annual FWDG Coat Drive. This countywide event has helped collect and distribute more than 33,000 coats and jackets to needy families in Beaufort County in the past two decades. Bring your gently-used coats, thick sweaters and jackets to our front office or send to school with a sixth-grader. The drive ends today.
COOSA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
EVENTS The school's holiday musical, "December in Our Town," is at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the cafeteria.
E.C. MONTESSORI SCHOOL
ENRICHMENT Upper elementary students will represent Mexico and Cuba in April when they travel to New York City to participate in the Montessori Model United Nations. More than 1,200 delegates from around the world will participate. Each student will research and write a position paper on his or her chosen country's views on real-world issues.
OTHER The annual fund drive is under way. The first classroom to reach 100 percent participation with their families and staff at any financial level will win a treat from Berry Island and free books. There's also a donor who will match November and December donations up to $2,000.
JAMES J. DAVIS EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER
EVENTS Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students will perform a selection of holiday favorites at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the school. After the concert, families will have an opportunity to do a holiday craft and have refreshments.
LADY'S ISLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
EVENTS Firefighters will visit the school for lunch today. Holiday Star Stacking is Monday. An Arts Booster meeting will be held at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday in the media center. The annual performing arts roadshow will be Thursday. Show choir and Fun-E Clowns will spread holiday cheer through the community with performances at assisted-living facilities, banks and businesses. The third-graders have a dance and drama presentation, "'Twas the Night Before ... Vacation!" at 2 p.m. Friday.
HELPING HANDS Students are encouraged in bring in coats and nonperishable food items for the school's coat and canned food drives.
LADY'S ISLAND MIDDLE AND INTERMEDIATE SCHOOLS
EVENTS The school's winter choir concert will be at 7 p.m. today at the Arts Center at Beaufort High School.
HELPING HANDS Cards made by students of Lady's Island Intermediate School will adorn the White House this Christmas. First lady Michelle Obama made a worldwide request for cards made by military children, and several students accepted the challenge and made cards to honor the service of their family members. Fifth-grader Sydney Wiese specially designed and decorated the envelope carrying the cards, which were mailed Nov. 16.
MOSSY OAKS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
ACHIEVEMENTS The Mossy Oaks Science Fair was held Dec. 1. All students in fourth and fifth grades participated. The overall winner was Alex James, who will receive a savings bond from the PTO. In fifth grade, Lauren Angus won first place, Josh Osborne won second place and Nicholas Cenci won third place. In fourth grade, Graham Weller came in first, Masha Prekop won second and Sydney Lawrence won third. Honorable mentions were: Brittney Hiers, Madison Mindermann, Isabella Page, Aiden Clark, Evan Dadson, Gabriela O'Quinn and Will Scheper.
EVENTS The school's December music program, featuring choir and strings students, will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the school gym.
HELPING HANDS The school's Elementary Encouragers Club is sponsoring a holiday food drive until Friday. Donations of canned and dry goods can be dropped off in the barrels in the front foyer. Donations will got to the local HELP agency for families in need.
EVENTS The annual Poetry Out Loud Contest will be at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Lloyd Newton Performing Arts Center. Students will present a dramatic interpretation of poetry. Winners receive savings bonds of $75, $50 or $25. Tickets are $4.
EVENTS The RCC holiday store is open Tuesday through Thursday during lunch. All items are $2 each; exact change is appreciated. To volunteer: Deb DeBardelaben, email@example.com
HELPING HANDS Chef Lisa needs parent volunteers to help process lunch payments from 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m. every Monday through Thursday. No cooking or food preparation is required. Details: 843-379-0123 A first-grader at Riverview is on a mission to collect pairs of shoes to give to other children. She's hoping to collect 100 pairs to donate to Salvation Army. Boxes have been placed at Southern Carpet Wholesale, 41D Robert Smalls Parkway.
OTHER The fifth-graders are selling discount cards to fund their year-end trip to Washington, D.C. The cards are $10 each and feature discounts and offers for more than 50 local businesses. There is a T-shirt design contest for the Beaufort Twilight Run. The winning design will be printed on the runner's shirt. The winner will receive a $100 Amazon.com gift card. Details and rules: http://beauforttwilightrun.com/event-info/t-shirt-design-contest/ Registration for the Beaufort Twilight Run is now open. The event, which is Riverview's largest fundraiser, is March 24. To register: www.beauforttwilightrun.com
ROBERT SMALLS MIDDLE SCHOOL
EVENTS The school's holiday concert and art show -- featuring band, choir and strings students and an art exhibit -- will be at 6 p.m. today in the school's gym and cafeteria.
ST. HELENA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
EVENTS The school's winter musical will be at 6 p.m. Thursday in the gym. All students will participate, and the program features a special song by the school's teachers. Light refreshments will be served.
ST. PETER CATHOLIC SCHOOL
EVENTS The school's Christmas play is at 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Peter Catholic Church. The school will be closed for Christmas and New Year's from Dec. 19 through Jan. 30.
OTHER Second-graders have been learning measurements in math and recently made apple jack cookies to end the unit. Students assisted Bonnie Goltz in dicing apples, measuring dry and wet ingredients, mixing and baking the cookies. The students enjoyed a delicious treat after the cookies were baked. The class also made applesauce with the remaining apples.
SHELL POINT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
EVENTS The school's Christmas concert is at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the gym.
WHALE BRANCH EARLY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL
EVENTS The school's band and choral winter concert will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the school's cafeteria.
WHALE BRANCH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
EVENTS Third-graders will perform holiday favorites at 6 p.m. Thursday at the school.
WHALE BRANCH MIDDLE SCHOOL
EVENTS The school's band and choral winter concert will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Whale Branch Early College High School cafeteria.
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