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Lee Central High School's Wallace teaches physical education, exceptionally

BISHOPVILLE - Research reveals that physical activity is 4.5 times lower for children and youth with disabilities compared to their peers. That is certainly not the case for Teriann Nash's class of … more

Morris College's Science in Action Week begins Tuesday

FROM STAFF REPORTS Morris College will be holding several events worth noting in February. The Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics will celebrate its annual Science in Action Week beginning Tuesday evening with a Cyber Security Fair … more

New therapy puppy at Bates Middle School helps students with autism come out of their shells

Bates Middle School, like any other public school, keeps safety a top priority by requiring all staff members to wear ID badges - whether that staff member has two or four legs makes no difference. Kelly Snell has been bringing Bantam, a … more

Liberty Seafood owner recognized by Lakewood High School JROTC

ADRIENNE SARVIS / THE SUMTER ITEM Members of Lakewood High School's JROTC program presented Randy Durham, owner of Liberty Seafood, with a plaque, school sweatshirt and a school coin Wednesday for his assistance in helping the group pay for a … more

Shiver me timbers! Kingsbury Elementary welcomes pirates

PHOTOS PROVIDED There were a lot of pirates plundering Kingsbury Elementary School on Monday as the school held its Family Reading Night encouraging families to not only make reading fun, but also to show how reading can be extended with STEAM … more

Sumter board will "take step backwards" from vote to reopen Mayewood

After the legality of a recent vote to reopen a school was raised, Sumter School District’s Board of Trustees will readdress the matter at an upcoming meeting, according to the board’s … more

Sumter school board takes no action on personnel matter in special-called meeting

There was no action taken by the Sumter School District Board of Trustees during a special called meeting Wednesday afternoon on an undisclosed personnel matter and to receive legal advice. On … more

Lakewood students win Golden Apple Awards

PHOTO PROVIDED The Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce celebrated 12 outstanding students at Lakewood High School on Jan. 24 with the presentation of the Golden Apple Awards. Each student was recognized for having integrity and strong moral … more

BREAKING: Sumter school board's vote to reopen Mayewood Middle was illegal, South Carolina Press Association says

Sumter School Board’s vote on Monday night to reopen Mayewood Middle School was an illegal vote, according to the lawyer for the South Carolina Press Association. After reviewing agenda … more

Sumter school board votes to reopen Mayewood Middle School less than a year after closing it

Mayewood Middle School will reopen next school year after Sumter School District’s Board of Trustees voted Monday night to reverse a decision it made less than a year ago to close it. The … more

Sumter School District to offer open enrollment program for 2019-20

In an effort to increase students' access to public school K-12 education in Sumter School District, the district will offer the open enrollment program for the 2019-20 school year. According to, enrollment opportunities will be … more

S.C. Speaker files huge education bill; says time is now

COLUMBIA (AP) — South Carolina House Speaker Jay Lucas shared his plan Thursday for improving the state's schools, a massive, thorough bill that came after dozens of conversations with the … more

Need a mattress? Check out Sumter High's fundraiser

FROM STAFF REPORTS Cookie sale? Fruit sale? Magazine sale? Not this time. Sumter High School is holding a mattress sale to raise funds for the band, choir and orchestra programs. Custom Fundraising Solutions will be bringing the store to the … more

Shaw Air Force Base tour unites Team Shaw and Sumter community

Team Shaw airmen opened the gates to Sumter middle-school students recently with the goal of opening their eyes to the daily work lives of airmen serving in a variety of career fields across the Air Force. The Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce … more

Science and a Slinky

PHOTO PROVIDED Wilson Hall fifth-grade students Stirling Tindal and Braylon Stewart conduct an experiment in physics in their science class taught by Frances James. Studying Newton's First and Second Laws of Motion, the students used a Slinky to … more

Memorial scholarship fundraiser set for Feb. 18 at Kingsbury Elementary in Sumter

In the spirit of carrying on the torch for future educators, current and former Sumter School District teachers of the year will host an annual scholarship fundraiser next month. The district's annual Hailey Bordeaux Memorial Scholarship dinner, … more

An exhibit to call their own: Alice Drive Middle School students have their art displayed at CCTC gallery

On the second floor of a college that stresses technical training and workforce development, middle school students wandered the walls, pointing and giggling in gaggles but not over stereotypical middle school topics. They were observing art. … more

Millwood students use art to research Revolutionary War

PHOTO PROVIDED Students in Katie Huggins and Clarissa Metze's third-grade class at Millwood Elementary School completed a research project on Revolutionary War leaders. The groups wrote research papers and created life-size replicas of their … more

Lee County School District celebrates School Board Recognition Month

SUBMITTED Lee County School District joins school districts throughout the state and nation to celebrate School Board Recognition Month in January. More than 600 locally elected and appointed school board members throughout the state will be … more

Thomas Sumter Academy students help obtain hundreds of pounds of pet food

PHOTO PROVIDED The students of Thomas Sumter Academy's National Junior Honor Society fulfilled the school's motto "Acta Non Verba (Actions not Words)" during the holiday season. TSA's NJHS chapter, directed by Julie Daniel and Trever Miller, … more
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