Students aren't the only ones prepping for another successful school year. The chamber heads back to school as well, helping connect teachers in need of classroom supplies with local businesses that want to support education in a tangible way. Since the program's inception, more than $32,000 in supplies have been donated. From dictionaries to art supplies, digital media and more, weekly "wish" lists are published in The Island Packet newspaper and are available at the chamber. If you would like to donate items for one of the teacher's wish lists, contact Sandy McGuire at firstname.lastname@example.org or 843.341.8374.
EVENTS LoCo Motion, the local breast cancer event that raises money for Carolina Cups, is hosting a school challenge. The school who has the most participants in the LoCo Motion from Sept. 26-29 on Hilton Head and Callawassie islands will get $2,500. Details: email@example.com, 843-415-5978
BLUFFTON MIDDLE SCHOOL
HELPING HANDS PTO Cookie Dough fundraiser kicks off Sept. 13.
H.E. McCRACKEN MIDDLE SCHOOL
EVENTS PTO will meet at 5 p.m. Aug. 27 in the cafeteria, followed by a School Improvement council meeting at 5:30 p.m.
HILTON HEAD CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
ACHIEVEMENTS The seniors had the highest SAT scores in the area for the 2012-13 school year.
EVENTS Orientation Day is from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Aug. 12 for new families; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for returning families. Come meet the Eagles sports teams at Eaglefest from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 13 Cross country, football, swim, girls' tennis, girls' golf, volleyball and cheer teams will all be represented. Contact Melanie Peck at firstname.lastname@example.org to make a barbecue dinner reservation.
ENRICHMENT A Powerscore SAT Prep Course is being offered Sept. 3-30 and is open to the community. Details www.powerscore.com; 1-800-545-1750
HILTON HEAD ISLAND MIDDLE SCHOOL
ACHIEVEMENTS Former social studies teacher Anne Kelsey-Zibert was named Greenville County Teacher-of-the-Year on Aug. 16 at a reception honoring all of the 94 teachers who were nominated by their individual schools. Kelsey-Zibert taught eighth grade social studies for six years in Beaufort County Schools and won Teacher of the Year honors in only her second year teaching at Hilton Head Middle School. She left her position in 2008 to pursue a master's degree in history at Clemson University. She currently teaches seventh grade social studies at Northwest Middle School in Traveler's Rest.
HILTON HEAD PREPARATORY SCHOOL
ACHIEVEMENTS Winners reading the most books in their grade as part of the Lower School Summer Reading Contest include: junior kindergartner Briley Wald; kindergartner Isabella Klinect; first-grader Kat Eberly; second-grader Amanda Hudak; third-grader Annabelle Corbitt; fourth-grader Hope Dobbelaere; and fifth-grader Elizabeth Hudak. As part of the contest, students also entered their name in a drawing for every three books they read. Congratulations to fourth-grader Abi Mendoza who won the drawing for the Nook Glow.
MAY RIVER MONTESSORI
EVENTS All students begin regular schedule Sept. 3. Progressive Porch Party on the May River for all parents and friends will be Sept. 28. Tickets are $25.
HELPING HANDS The school will participate in the Celebrity Golf tournament Aug. 29 through the weekend.
MICHAEL C. RILEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
HELPING HANDS Volunteers needed for 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 a child increase his or her self-esteem and academic achievement through providing a positive influence on the student's development. Details: Carol Walters, 843-706-8345
RED CEDAR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
HELPING HANDS Volunteers do everything from classroom filing and pencil sharpening to reading with children or working with a small group. Details: Renee Heiliger, 843-707-0600.
SEA PINES MONTESSORI ACADEMY
EVENTS There will be a meeting of the Booster Club at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 28 in the lobby.
S.C. GOVERNOR'S SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS AND HUMANITIES The school welcomed the following new students for the 2013-14 school year:
Bluffton High School: Tori Lusik
, visual arts
Hilton Head Island High School: Tyler Magnin, music -- piano
Hilton Head Preparatory School: Hannah Simpson, music -- voice
The public residential high school in downtown Greenville offers rigorous academics and pre-professional training in one of five arts areas: creative writing, dance, drama, music or visual arts.