Columbia, SC – Fifteen students selected to participate in the Latino Teen Film Festival gathered Sunday afternoon to present their projects to family and friends.
Over the course of one weekend, the Latino youth participants created five minute videos to shed light on the immigration issues from their perspective.
“We’ve done it all from scratch,” said Gideon Hodges, a participant in this years Latino Teen Film Festival. “Being able to show it to every one today is really rewarding.”
With the help of Appleseed Legal Justice Center, youth were provided with the latest in information on immigration, which stimulated created conversation among the students.
Hodges says though he has not been directly affected by immigration, he wants America to stop viewing the topic with a negative connotation.
Video’s produced by the Latino youth participants are now available at .
MARQUETTE — Free2Play is a new and free program that teachers are using to incorporate exercise into their literacy classes. Fourth and fifth graders at Bothwell Middle School have been using the program since March with excellent results.
“Perspire to inspire” is the motto behind the Free2Play program. For less than 10 minutes a day, students learn a new exercise and the science behind it. The program insists that every child is an athlete.
“It’s better than sitting on the couch doing nothing and being lazy. You actually get to move and have lots of fun with your friends,” said fifth grader Trevor Swick.
An online coach guides the class. This lesson is all about jumping jacks.
“It’s cool because I thought there was only one type of jumping jack, but I guess there’s like thousands,” said fourth grader Eli McFerrin.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans borrowed more in April to attend college and buy cars and were a little less cautious with their credit cards than the previous month.
The Federal Reserve said Friday that consumer borrowing rose $11.1 billion in April from March to a seasonally adjusted $2.82 trillion. That’s the 20th straight monthly gain and another record level.
Nearly all of the gain came from a category that includes auto and student loans, which increased $10.4 billion to $1.97 trillion.
A measure of credit card debt rose $682 million to $850 billion. W
Seven New York City schools that were ordered to close down will now remain over after improved performance.
“Every child in New York City deserves a top-quality school,” Chancellor Dennis Walcott said. “When we began this process, we proposed closing and replacing these seven schools where we had seen some improvement, but where the pace of change was not quick enough for our students. After careful consideration, including school visits from my leadership team, we have come to believe that these schools have strong enough foundations to improve – and today, I have decided that we will not move forward with proposals to close and replace these seven. We will also withdraw applications for the federal Turnaround model in these schools, which have already shown significant promise. We will continue to support these schools in their growth and submit a new improvement plan to the State.”
Those schools are:
The big news out of the latest Public Education Finances Report is official confirmation that school districts spent less money per student in 2010-11 than they had the year before, the first one-year decline in nearly four decades. It’s worth taking some time to reflect on that fact, but the full report is also a valuable source of data on state and district revenues and expenditures and the entirety of the $600 billion public K-12 education industry. One key takeaway is that employee benefits continue to take on a rising share of district expenditures.
The table below uses 19 years of data (all years that are available online) to show total current expenditures (i.e. it excludes capital costs and debt), expenditures on base salaries and wages, and expenditures on benefits like retirement coverage, health insurance, tuition reimbursements, and unemployment compensation. Although it would be interesting to sort out which of these benefits have increased the most, the data don’t allow us to draw those granular conclusions. But
Stormy later today
After some spotty, light morning showers skies will become partly sunny through mid-afternoon. Temps will climb into the lower 80′s this afternoon with another round of showers and scattered thunderstorms developing into this evening. Some of these storms might be strong to severe with strong winds and large hail.
The showers stick around into Thursday morning as a cold front tracks through the region mid-day. As the cold front passes to the east it will take showers, storms and the warm air with it. We should see some partial clearing during the afternoon as a cool dome of Canadian air invades. We’ll see breezy highs only getting into the mid 60′s.
We kick off the big Memorial Day holiday weekend with sunshine Friday and Saturday – with highs in the mid and upper 60′s. Sunday and Memorial Day look terrific with more sunshine and milder highs climbing to near 70 degrees
COLUMBIA – Dozens of children will benefit from the fundraising efforts of a Midlands high school.
Vicki Stilwell with Lexington County School District Two says student government officers of Airport High School presented the directors of Camp Kemo with a check for $43,000 Thursday morning.
The donation is a result of the school’s annual Charity Drive week, where students participate in a variety of activities to raise money for a summer camp for kids with cancer. It will allow 86 campers to attend Camp Kemo this year.
“This is the most money the students of Airport have ever raised in the almost 20 years the student body has been raising money for charity,” said Stilwell.