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Mauldin brings back Beachin' Fridays and farmers market. Photo provided.

SUMMER FUN

Summer evenings of food, music, and fun at the Mauldin Cultural Center

The Mauldin Cultural Center celebrates summer with the Beachin’ Fridays music series now through July 26. Concerts are held at 7 p.m. every Friday at the center’s outdoor amphitheater. A fireworks show sponsored by United Community Bank will be held July 5 after a patriotic performance by the 246 Army Band. Food trucks will be at each concert.

The Mauldin Farmers Market, sponsored by Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, is another summer staple in Mauldin. The market, also sponsored by Comfort Storage, runs from 5-8 p.m. every Tuesday through Aug. 27 at the Mauldin Outdoor Amphitheater. Various local vendors, live music, food trucks, beer and wine, and fun family activities will be at the market.

TUITION GRANT

Anderson University announces tuition grant for local law enforcement personnel

The Anderson University School of Public Service and Administration will provide tuition grants to law enforcement personnel serving five Upstate counties who are looking to advance their careers while serving their communities. Law enforcement employees of Anderson, Greenville, Oconee, Pickens, and Spartanburg counties are eligible to receive: a $400 semester tuition grant for all eligible graduate programs; a $550 semester tuition grant for all eligible undergraduate programs; early access to any Anderson University Continuous Learning opportunities; and dedicated enrollment counselors and Journey Coaches to provide guidance from application to graduation.

“We are pleased to offer this grant to our local law enforcement personnel,” Damon Camp, interim dean of the Anderson University School of Public Service and Administration, said in a news release. “Our criminal justice programs are designed to lead and promote progressive solutions for today’s law enforcement issues. This grant program re-affirms the University’s commitment to supporting those that make significant contributions to our community.”

Interested individuals may request more information or apply now to get started in one of AU’s programs and earn the tuition grant this summer.

TEACHER AWARD

South Carolina Connections Academy celebrates SC Public Charter School District Teacher of the Year

Erin Hynum, a South Carolina Connections Academy math teacher, was recently named the South Carolina Public Charter School District Teacher of the Year. Hynum joined the staff at South Carolina Connections Academy in 2014. Prior, she taught at Hillcrest High School and the I CAN Learning Center in Simpsonville. Hynum was selected after a rigorous process consisting of three rounds of application evaluations from internal and external stakeholders, a classroom observation, and a final in-person interview.

Erin Hynum won Teacher of the Year for the S.C. Public Charter School District. Photo provided.

“Erin is an example of what excellent teaching, high expectations for all students, and providing innovative education strategies looks like in our District,” Elliot Smalley, SCPCSD superintendent, said in a news release. “We know that her growth mindset can inspire other educators to make urgent, meaningful strides towards our end goal; providing only the highest quality, equitable education possible. We’re proud to have her represent us as District Teacher of the Year, and we look forward to seeing more of her success in the coming years.”

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