EVENTS A reunion will be held for anyone who ever attended the Grays Consolidated High School, which was located in the Grays community of Jasper County. The school was opened in 1927 and closed in the early 1970's. The reunion will be 6 p.m. Saturday at Jasper's Porch restaurant, 153 James L. Taylor Drive, Ridgeland. For reservations, call Clyde Smith at 843-726-6734 or Glenda Crosby Smith at 214-335-7763 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BEAUFORT COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT
EVENTS The Foundation for Educational Excellence is hosting a retirement reception honoring superintendent Valerie Truesdale 4-6 p.m. Thursday at the Visual and Performing Arts Center, Hilton Head Island High School.
BLUFFTON HIGH SCHOOL
EVENTS Bluffton High School JROTC will sponsor a community yard sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 20 in the parking lot of Bluffton High School, 12 H.E. McCracken Circle. Parking lot spaces are available for $25 or $40 for two. The JROTC Booster Club will sell hot dogs, hamburgers and baked goods. Proceeds from the sale will help pay for the Bluffton High JROTC unit's transportation to and participation in area and regional competitions and activities. Details: 843-757-7812
HELPING HANDS Volunteers needed for picture day Tuesday and Wednesday. Contact Dorothy Joly at 843-706-8786.
BLUFFTON MIDDLE SCHOOL
EVENTS PTO meets at 5 p.m. Sept. 25 in the media center. SIC meets at 6 p.m. Sept. 25 in the media center.
HELPING HANDS The PTO Cookie Dough fundraiser ends Friday. Pickup will be 2-6 p.m. Oct. 16 in the cafeteria.
THE BRANCH CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
OTHER Continuing to accept applications for 2012-13. The school employs the Harkness methodology and also offers pod courses for homeschoolers. For information, call 843-422-2683, go to www.thebranchchristianschool.com or visit the school campus at 829 William Hilton Parkway.
HILTON HEAD CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
ACHIEVEMENTS Senior Clay Oliver was named one of the Players of the Week by SCISA.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
HELPING HANDS The school is seeking math tutors. Volunteers will assist with teaching math concepts and skills through math games in first through fifth grades. Details: 843-342-4100 Volunteers are needed for Operation 100%, a reading tutoring program for first-graders. Tutoring is one-on-one instruction two hours a week. The syllabus is easy to follow. Details: 843-842-6640
HILTON HEAD ISLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS
EVENTS A PTO meeting will be at 2 p.m. Thursday.
OTHER A select group of singers will perform at Hilton Head Island Town Hall in recognition of Constitution Day. Music teacher Melinda Smith will direct.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND HIGH SCHOOL
EVENTS The Athletic Booster Club Meeting is at 6 p.m. today in the media center. Physicals for any winter/spring athletes will be at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the fieldhouse. The cost is $10 cash. Details: www.hiltonheadhighsports.com SIC meets at 6 p.m. Thursday in the media center. An SAT prep course will be held from
9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Sept. 29 and 30. Cost is for $299. To register, call 800-545-1750 or go to www.powerscore.com using the discount code: HHF11
HELPING HANDS The school is seeking donations of hand sanitizer, tissues, push pins etc.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND MIDDLE SCHOOL
EVENTS The cookie dough fundraiser ends Tuesday. The 20th annual Beaufort County Youth Conference is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Technical College of the Lowcountry Beaufort Campus, 921 Ribaut Road.
HILTON HEAD PREPARATORY SCHOOL
EVENTS The ninth annual Tennis Carnevale will be held Oct. 14 at the Sea Pines Racquet Club. All skill levels of play are welcome. The cost is $75 a person or $37.50 for alumni. Details: www.hhprep.org Parents Association meeting is 8:15 a.m. Wednesday at the Sea Pines Beach Club. The 3D meeting for middle school is 8:05 a.m. Thursday in the lower school commons.
HELPING HANDS The school is accepting donations of gently used items for the second annual Hilton Head Prep Rummage Sale in October. Details: 843-338-1867
MAY RIVER MONTESSORI
EVENTS The Progressive Porch Party will be Saturday at three houses on the May River. The cost is $25 a person for drinks and dinner. May River Montessori will host its annual garage sale Sept. 29. A space on the front lawn costs $20. Details: 843-757-2312 A Mother-Son celebration will be held noon-2 p.m. at Fiddlehead Pizza in Bluffton.
ENRICHMENT Firefighters with the Bluffton Township Fire District will educate students on fire safety Oct. 9 in recognition of National Fire Prevention Week.
OTHER Used uniforms can be picked up in hallway of building.
MICHAEL C. RILEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
EVENTS The ESOL Parent Night will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the multipurpose room.
HELPING HANDS Volunteers are needed for the Rotary reader and mentoring programs. The Rotary Reader program helps to encourage the love of reading. Volunteers are needed to read on a weekly basis with individual students at the school. The mentoring program helps students increase their self-esteem and academic achievement. Orientations for both programs will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the school. Details: 843-706-8345
OTHER Fifth-grade teachers will be working at Chick-fil-A during Spirit Night from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. The restaurant donates a portion of dinner profits to the school.
OKATIE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
ENRICHMENT Students start logging miles for the half marathon today.
RED CEDAR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
EVENTS The annual flea market will be open at 8 a.m. Saturday. To reserve a table, contact the office at 843-707-0600.
HELPING HANDS Two short meetings will held to update volunteers on upcoming opportunities to help at 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sept. 27.
SEA PINES MONTESSORI ACADEMY
EVENTS There will be a Reel In Redfish Public Fishing Tournament Fundraiser on Sept. 29. All those interested in volunteering, participating or sponsoring should email the Booster Club at email@example.com.
ST. FRANCIS CATHOLIC SCHOOL
OTHER Celebrations Catering & Events is now preparing school lunches. The Hilton Head Island company's focus is on providing nutritious foods
TECHNICAL COLLEGE OF THE LOWCOUNTRY
EVENTS The second annual Oysters by the Bay will be 6-9 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Beaufort Campus, 921 Ribaut Road. All proceeds will go to supporting students and programs at TCL. Tickets are $25 a person and include unlimited fresh-roasted local oysters, hot dogs, and chili. Beer will be available for purchase. Details: 843-525-8294 www.tcl.edu/oysters
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA BEAUFORT
EVENTS The inaugural Short Story America Festival will be held Sept. 21 to 23 at the Performing Arts Center. An opening night launch party will be held at 6 p.m. Friday at the Old Bay Marketplace Loft in Beaufort. Details: www.shortstoryamerica.com