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Cooper is donating 20 percent of all proceeds to Lucky Pup Rescue SC. Photo provided.

ART

Artist event featuring Robin Anne Cooper supports Lucky Pup Rescue SC

Aloft Greenville Downtown’s latest meet-the-artist event featured Robin Anne Cooper of End of the Road Studios. Her colorful, mixed-media artwork focuses on her favorite pets. On display and available for purchase in the hotel lobby through March, Cooper’s artwork will help local dogs find their forever homes. Cooper is donating 20 percent of all proceeds to Lucky Pup Rescue SC.

DONATION

Bic USA partners with DonorsChoose.org to support handwriting education

In celebration of its 60th anniversary at the end of 2018, Bic USA presented $60,000 of an original $100,000 donation to help fund handwriting projects and classroom requests through DonorsChoose.org. About 300 students in underserved areas of South Carolina received necessary classroom supplies. Nationwide, the funding will reach 5,500 students. 

“According to Hanover Research, 15 minutes of daily writing promotes individuality, enhances motor skills, and improves cognitive development,” Linda Palladino, Bic senior brand manager, said in a news release. “Through our donation to DonorsChoose.org, we hope to help students in South Carolina and across the country not only be successful in the classroom but also develop writing skills that they’ll carry with them for a lifetime.”

CONTEST

Laurens Electric offers students free trips and scholarship opportunity

Four local high school students will receive an expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., or Columbia this summer from Laurens Electric Cooperative. To apply for the annual Washington Youth Tour and Cooperative Youth Summit, students must be rising seniors and live within the cooperative’s service area. Entry requirements include an application, two references, and interviews. 

The application deadline is Feb. 8. Visit laurenselectric.com/YouthTour-YouthSummit for more information. The two trips will take place on June 15 and July 9. The winners will also be eligible to receive a $5,000 college scholarship awarded to one S.C. participant based on a community service project.

EDUCATION

Bob Jones Academy announces change to middle school program

Beginning in fall 2019, Bob Jones Academy sixth-grade students will become part of its middle school, which currently consists of seventh and eighth grades. The program change will help provide new academic offerings and expanded extracurricular opportunities for students at an earlier age. Middle school students may choose electives, compete in athletics, and participate in the music program. Open house events are scheduled for Feb. 18, March 6, and March 18.

“We are excited to make this transition which brings us in line with schools in the Greenville area,” BJA administrator Dan Nelson said in a news release. “This realignment will provide our sixth graders with an additional year to acclimate to middle school and enjoy the added benefits of middle school including additional academic electives and athletics.”

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