STUDENTS LEARN ABOUT ANIMAL SAFETY
Students at Port Royal, Mossy Oaks and Beaufort elementary schools recently learned how to avoid being bitten by their pets.
The 475 students attended assemblies led by Lance Cpl. Brittney Chaplin with the Beaufort County Sherrif's Office and Andy Corriveau, a State Farm Insurance agent.
The pair talked about how students can safely care for and interact with pets.
According to a news release, nearly half of children are bitten by an animal before they turn 12. Children account for about 60 percent of animal bites, followed by mail carriers and other delivery personnel.
In Beaufort County, 73 dog bites have been reported this year as of Aug. 31.
Avoiding dog bites is simple common sense. Chaplin warned the students not to approach strange dogs. She also said they should treat their own pets with respect and never put their face near them, as this may provoke a defensive bite.
Babies and young children should never be left alone with a dog, and children should be taught to ask permission from a dog's owner before petting any dog, Chaplin said. The pair also said never to run past dogs because they love to chase and catch things.
The students were told to stay calm if a dog approaches them to sniff them. They should stay still or back away slowly while avoiding eye contact with the dog. If they are knocked to the ground, they should curl into a ball and put their hands over their heads and necks.
For more information on animal safety, call Chaplin at 843-255-2010.
BATTERY CREEK HIGH SCHOOL
EVENTS Homecoming is Friday. The football game starts at 7:30 p.m.
HELPING HANDS The SADD Club is raising money at the Belk Charity Day Event on Nov. 3 to help buy supplies they need to serve beverages to travelers over the Thanksgiving holiday. Tickets are $5 each, and the club keeps the entire $5. To purchase a ticket, email Diane Grooms at email@example.com
EVENTS The school's Fall Festival is 3-5 p.m. Thursday. The first- through fourth-grade kickball tournament, a fundraiser for the junior class, is at 2:15 p.m. Friday.
GOVERNOR'S SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS
EVENTS The school will host its annual Open Doors event Nov. 3. Students and families from across the state can visit the campus in Greenville to meet current faculty and students, explore the campus and learn more about life at the school. Reservations are required. Details: 864-282-3844, firstname.lastname@example.org. or www.scgsah.org
HARDEEVILLE-RIDGELAND MIDDLE SCHOOL
EVENTS The school will have a Fall Festival from 4-7 p.m. Thursday. Events include a sack race, cake walk, musical chairs, face painting and arts and crafts. Food will be served. Tickets are 50 cents, and everyone is invited.
RIVERVIEW CHARTER SCHOOL
ACHIEVEMENTS The school raised more than $28,000 through its third annual Read-a-thon. Students read 407,073 minutes collectively in September.
ST. HELENA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
EVENTS Ministers serving the St. Helena Elementary School Community are invited to meet with the school leadership team and tour the school at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The community is invited to meet with school data teams to discuss how they monitor and enhance student achievement at 7 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. Friday.
ST. PETER CATHOLIC SCHOOL
EVENTS All are invited to the school's All Saints Day Mass, which will be celebrated at noon Nov. 1.
HELPING HANDS The school is helping to stock Our Lady's Pantry. Canned good donations are welcome through Oct. 31. Details: 843-522-2163
REUNIONS/ALUMNI The Beaufort High School Class of 1958 Tidal Wave Breakfast Club meetings are at 9 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month at Golden Corral, 122 Robert Smalls Parkway. Details: 843-525-1822, 843-524-8903 The Battery Creek High School Class of 1977 will hold a 35th reunion on Nov. 2 and 3 at multiple venues in Beaufort. Stay tuned for details, and check the BCHS Class of 77 -- 35th Reunion page on Facebook. Details: Geni Flowers, 843-812-3574 or BCHSclassof1977@gmail.com. Any member of the Battery Creek High School Class of 2003 interested in helping to organize a class reunion should contact Shayla Sanders at email@example.com.