BG Class Notes: Club to honor local essay contest winners

The Beaufort Republican Women's Club will honor winners of its annual essay contest for middle school students at 4 p.m. today in the Beaufort County Council Chambers in the county administration building on Ribaut Road in Beaufort.

Students wrote on the topic, "What the United States Constitution Means to Me."

Winners of this year's contest are Paliete Sharpe of Whale Branch Middle School and Dajai Osborne of Beaufort Middle School.

Each winner will receive a $100 savings bond, a scholarship medal and a framed certificate of merit.

Online chat to give scholarship information

Sallie Mae will host a free online chat with author and scholarship expert Kelly Tanabe from 9 to 10 p.m. Nov. 17 at Students and their parents are invited to participate and direct their questions to Tanabe.

November is National Scholarship Month, according to a news release from Sallie Mae, one of the nation's leading saving, planning and paying for college companies. The company also has a free online scholarship database at


  • The Athletics Booster Club will meet at 6 p.m. today in the cafeteria.
  • The Band Boosters' annual fruit sale will continue through Nov. 18. Fruits include oranges, clementines, tangelos, tangerines, grapefruit, apples, pineapple and pears. Prices range from $13 to $34. Details: 843-322-5580, 843-322-5570
  • The School Improvement Council will meet Nov. 18 in the media center.
  • A PTSO meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 18 in the John J. McVey Performing Arts Center.
  • Battery Creek is collecting coats through Dec. 1 as part of the Furniture Warehouse Coat Drive. This year's goal is to collect 1,500 new or gently used coats for all ages. They can be dropped off in Mrs. Grooms' office.
  • National Honor Society students are participating in Read Across America 2011. They will collect new or gently used children's books through March 2, when they will read them to local elementary school students.

  • Susan DiFabio will meet today with middle school students who are not participating in class trips during the first week of the interim. Special course options and projects will be reviewed.
  • DiFabio will meet Tuesday and Thursday with upper school students who are not participating in class trips or internships during the first week of the interim. Special course options and projects will be reviewed. Students involved in an internship during the interim should attend a meeting Wednesday during lunch period.

  • The PAC will meet at 6 p.m. today. Tickets for a drawing to win a Razor scooter will be available for $5. A sponsor from Usborne Books will attend the meeting.
  • No school Thursday to commemorate Veterans Day. Patriotism Week is this week.

  • Students will present a Veterans Day ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in honor of the men and women who have served or are serving in the armed forces. Veterans are invited to attend.

  • Robbie White, a teacher for 37 years at Fennell Elementary School in Yemassee, has illustrated and published two children's books, "The Pretty Moon" and "The Good Shepherd." White also developed an application based on "The Pretty Moon" that runs on the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. The program was accepted by Apple in June 2009 and has sold in 10 countries. Details:

  • Empty Bowls is a grass-roots effort to raise money and awareness to end hunger. Riverview and the Lowcountry Food Bank are working together to bring the effort to Beaufort. A viewing and silent auction of bowls made by children and local artists will be at 6 p.m. Nov. 18 at the school. A simple meal will be served, and donations to the food bank will be collected. The bowls will be on display at The Gallery in downtown Beaufort the week before the event.

  • The St. Peter cross country team took first place in both the boys and girls divisions Oct. 27 at Oldfield. Participating schools included St. Gregory the Great Elementary School, Cross Episcopal and Riverview Charter School.
  • Eva Slusher, Brooks Denman, Kelcie Schulze, Noah Kimbrell, Zachary Suarez, Katherine Lataille and Mary Margaret Barras participated in the SCISA Math Meet on Oct. 26 in Orangeburg.
  • No school Thursday to commemorate Veterans Day and no school Friday for a teacher in-service day.
  • A visit from the Catholic Schools Office will be Nov. 16.
  • The school's annual Homes for the Holidays Gala and Tour will be Nov. 19-21. The gala will be Nov. 19 in the Walsh-Palmetto Room. Tickets are $75. Home tours will be in the Ashdale neighborhood Nov. 20-21. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 the day of the event. Details: 843-522-9555, 843-522-2163

  • There will be a SIC/PTO meeting at6 p.m. today in the media center.
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