February 8, 2013

Education notebook | Myrtle Beach middle schools host Harlem Superstars at fundraisers

Fans will have back-to-back opportunities next week to enjoy the antics of the Harlem Superstars and support two Horry County middle schools at the same time.

Fans will have back-to-back opportunities next week to enjoy the antics of the Harlem Superstars and support two Horry County middle schools at the same time.

The Harlem Superstars, a professional comedic basketball team, will appear at St. James Middle School Tuesday night and at Forestbrook Middle School Wednesday night, sponsored by each school’s parent-teacher group. While the team stresses it is not the Harlem Globetrotters, it promises to provide plenty of family entertainment with audience participation, and each night’s proceeds will benefit the individual school. Both games will start at 6:30 p.m.

The visiting celebrities will face formidable opposition as they come into Horry County. Tuesday, they will take on the Dream Team, made up of St. James public school faculty members. Special guests will be Ed Piotrowski, Bob Juback and Banana Jack. The Forestbrook Superstars will challenge the professionals Wednesday with NFL quarterback Tyler Thigpen, Coach David Bennett and faculty members from Forestbrook Middle, Socastee Elementary and Socastee High schools.

Vikki Durrick, president of Forestbrook’s Parent Teacher Organization, said the two schools joined to bring the team for back-to-back events, but each is a separate event to raise funds for each school. However, she said they are supportive of each other, and there is enough distance between the schools that they should be able to draw different audiences each night.

Kelly Papotto with St. James’ Parent Teacher Student Organization said funds raised for St. James will be put toward teacher resources for all of the students, as well as for outreach to meet some school families’ needs. Durrick said funds raised for Forestbrook will go toward a portable computer cart system that enables laptop/tablet-style computers to be brought directly into any classroom at the school. She said one cart costs about $30,000 – which is not part of the school budget – and the PTO already has raised almost $20,000 for the project.

For more on the Harlem Superstars, go to

Budding journalists can apply for conference, scholarship

High school juniors who will graduate in 2014 are invited to apply for the annual Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference, an all-expenses-paid journalism conference that will be held at the Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., in Washington, D.C., July 13-18. The program is for rising seniors who are interested in pursuing a career in journalism and who demonstrate qualities of “free spirit.”

One student from every state and the District of Columbia will be selected to participate. Scholarships will be awarded to students who successfully complete the program and will be paid to the students’ colleges and universities of choice in the fall of 2014. The program began in 1999 and is funded by the Freedom Forum.

For more information and to complete an application, go to The deadline for applying is Friday.

Conway academy holds open house

The Academy for Technology and Academics will hold its last open house Tuesday from 5-7:30 p.m. for 10th-graders in Horry County Schools who are interested in attending the school, located at 5639 U.S. 701 N., Conway.

ATA offers a variety of majors, such as culinary, pre-med, nursing and automotive, and some, such as cosmetology, are not offered elsewhere in the district. Students must apply to attend ATA, and they come from all of the district’s nine attendance areas. An open house is an opportunity for prospective students and parents to talk with teachers, staff and student ambassadors.

For more information, call 488-6600.

Academy educators learn more about STEM

Faculty from the Academy for the Arts, Science and Technology saw the STEM education concepts they teach put into practice last month when they took a staff development trip to Spartanburg to tour Milliken & Company’s corporate headquarters. After an earlier visit by Horry County Schools’ administrative team, Principal Robin Jones arranged the AAST trip because of the school’s focus on science, technology, engineering and math. The educators came away from their visit with a better perspective of how STEM education is implemented in the real world.

Two Milliken representatives already had visited the school in October while in Myrtle Beach for a trade show, and they talked with students in related career and technology education (CATE) majors. The faculty trip was funded through federal Perkins CATE funds, local school district staff development funds and a local corporate contribution.

Learn to ride for the rally

For those getting ready for the spring rally, Horry Georgetown Technical College is offering a class in basic motorcycle riding, but make sure you can ride a bicycle first.

The basic course consists of six hours of classroom theory, held at night, and 12 hours of riding classes during the day. The class, which will be held on HGTC’s Myrtle Beach campus, is limited to 12 students, and tuition is $239. Students must pass both a written and riding assessment.

Students interested in a license waiver must have a motorcycle learner’s permit and be at least 15 years old; students under 18 must have parental consent. The course meets S.C. law for an insurance discount. Motorcycles are provided. Students must provide their own helmet and gloves, and must wear long sleeves, long pants and sturdy shoes or boots.

Classes will be held March 1-3, March 15-17, April 12-14 and April 26-28. To register, go to

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