In Our Community: GED testing, Children’s Museum, youth symphony, and more

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EDUCATION

GED testing dates and times expanded

Greenville County Schools Lifelong Learning at the Sullivan Center has expanded GED testing dates and times. The new schedule doubles the testing availability each month. It will also include testing times in the evening and on Fridays and Saturdays.

The GED credential gives adults the opportunity to gain a diploma of high school equivalency. Ninety-seven percent of colleges and employers accept GED credentials. GED graduates reportedly earn $9,000 more per year than nongraduates.

Students can prepare by taking the GED Ready Practice at http://www.ged.com. The practice test helps students understand the question format and know what type of information to learn.

For more information, visit http://www.greenville.k12.sc.us/lifelong/.

OUTREACH

Local attorney helps students learn professionalism 

Irv Philpot, a local attorney with the Philpot Law Firm, participated in Sara Collins Elementary School’s “The Amazing Shake – Professionalism With a Personal Touch.”

The competition strengthened fifth-graders’ abilities to demonstrate manners, respect, professional conduct, and self-discipline.

Philpot said it was an amazing experience. “I had the privilege to work with seventy-five 5th graders,” the attorney said in a news release. “We focused on life skills, including the importance of a firm handshake, eye contact, engagement, manners, poise, and presentation.”

The Amazing Shake was modeled after a program at the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta.

During the school year, students learn table manners, interview skills, and how to stay calm under pressure. The competition entailed four rounds, each structured to teach certain life skills.

MUSIC

Youth symphony singing its way to the Big Apple

The Carolina Youth Symphony of Greenville will make its seventh appearance on MidAmerica’s Ensemble Spotlight Series on Sunday, April 21. This will be MidAmerica’s 36th annual concert season.

Leslie W. Hicken, the ensemble’s artistic director, says the previous concerts at Carnegie Hall have been transformational. “To see the look of wonder and amazement on their faces as they imagine all of the great musicians who have performed on that stage is very gratifying for me,” Hicken said in a news release.

To purchase tickets, visit http://www.carnegiehall.org.

EDUCATION

Museum lowers ticket prices for low-income families

The Children’s Museum of the Upstate now gives museum access to low-income families in the Upstate. TCMU joined Museums for All, a signature access program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The program is designed to encourage people of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum-going habits. The program allows those receiving food assistance to visit TCMU for $3 per person.

Jessica Hayes, TCMU’s vice president of programming, pointed out the need for more educational resources for low-income families. “Children from all financial backgrounds must have access to print-rich environments, including opportunities to read and play together in a safe space,” Hayes said. “The Museums for All program can help close the gap in language and vocabulary skills beginning at an early age.”

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