SC Grandmother Fights HIV/AIDS in PBS Film

By Glenn Rawls

Wilhemina Dixon, worries about her granddaughter Dayshal, born HIV positiveMeet Wilhemina Dixon from Williston, South Carolina, a one-woman army fighting for her family’s survival, in a new film from Independent Lens . Wilhemina’s War shows the devastating toll of the scourge of HIV/AIDS, one of the leading causes of death for black women in the rural south. Shot over the course of five years, the film bears witness to the resilience and determination of the human spirit in the face of tremendous adversity. Wilhemina’s War , produced and directed by June Cross, premieres on Independent Lens Monday, February 29, 2016, 10:00 p.m. on ETV. It is part of the national PBS...

South Carolina Entities Taking Bold Steps to Affect Climate Change

By Kaitlyn Park

South Carolina pier at the ocean with swelling tidesIn 2015, the United Nations Climate Conference passed the historic Paris Agreement, signed by representatives of 196 nations. This agreement, combined with the scientific findings on climate change, is a testament to the international consensus that climate change and its effects are to be addressed with urgency, in order to assure a habitable planet for future generations. Six months previous to the U.N. Conference, the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and South Carolina Educational Television (SCETV) produced and distributed Climate Change: A...

Even with Help, Poor Students Lag Behind Wealthier Districts

By K. Blackwell

Education in S.C. needs a closer look. A report on South Carolina’s $65 million dollar a year program that offers free 4K to underprivileged school districts, shows that even with the extra program, children who attend still lag behind other students from wealthier school districts. The study, which was conducted by the S.C. Education Oversight Committee, according to The State newspaper, “compared how poor children who enrolled in 4K during the program’s first four years performed later on standardized tests.” The study’s results show that the program, while helping some, is not closing the wide education gap between districts...

How to Raise Kids Who are Grounded and Smart About Finances

By Marina Ziehe

Ron Lieber speaking at the eventLast week, Ron Lieber, The New York Times “Your Money” columnist and author of the bestselling book The Opposite of Spoiled , visited the Midlands to talk about raising kids who are financially smart. The event was hosted by the Central Carolina Community Foundation , the Jewish Federation and the Katie & Irwin Kahn Jewish Community Center . During his talk, Lieber mentioned that his interest for the topic came from his experience being a dad. One day, his three-year-old daughter, sitting in the back seat of the car, asked him the question, “Why don’t we have a summer house?” “I was...

Lexington Latin Teacher Earns Prestigious Milken Educator Award and $25,000

By Kaitlyn Park

apple on stack of books in front of chalk boardLexington Middle School teacher, Kimberly Freeman, was announced a recipient of the Milken Educator Award on Feb. 9, 2016, reports a release from the Milken Educator Awards. Freeman, a Latin instructor and the language department chair at the middle school, was surprised during a school-wide assembly. South Carolina Superintendent of Education Molly M. Spearman and Milken Educator Awards Senior Vice President Dr. Jane Foley announced the news, and other notable officials and the media were in attendance. Students screamed with delight, as though Freeman were a “rock star” reports The State ...

USC Entrepreneurship Club Partners with Computer Science Department to Execute App Creation Project

By Marina Ziehe

Person using a mobile appFor the first time at the University of South Carolina, the computer science department will be teaching a mobile app development class. The USC Entrepreneurship Club has partnered with a computer science class, CSCE 590, and plan to work on 15 student entrepreneur ideas. "Business students have millions of ideas, but they don't know how to apply them because many times they don't know how to code, they are not engineers, they don't know how to create prototypes," said President of the USC Entrepreneurship Club Tony Klor. "With that, we want to give students the opportunity to work hand-in-...

Fort Mill High School Student Featured on a National TV Series

By Tabitha Safdi

FootballSince seventh grade, Lexi Dressing has been tackling gender stereotypes as the only girl on her school football team. Now a junior, Lexi is the kicker for Nation Ford High School’s varsity team. Lexi’s story was featured on the PBS series, Outside the Box . PBS Student Reporting Labs across the country were challenged to profile young people breaking down stereotypes. The story was produced by Sydney Miller, a junior at Fort Mill High School in Fort Mill. View Lexi’s story on Outside the Box . ABOUT THE SERIES From new military combat roles for women to Hollywood pay equity, gender politics...

Natural History with Rudy Mancke (20 and 60 Renewal Credit Courses)

Rudy ManckeRETURN TO ETV TEACHER RECERTIFICATION * NOTE: The “Register Now” links only work during valid registration periods as listed on our FAQ page . Making Connections with Natural History Featuring Rudy Mancke, Series I 6-8 week session Recertification: 20 Renewal Credits Cost: $75.00 Making Connections with Natural History Featuring Rudy Mancke, Series I is a new ETV Teacher Recertification online course offered for 20 renewal credits and designed for South Carolina educators on all grades levels, in all subject areas. This first course - Series I - features new “Natural History Connects”...

Main Street Children's Museum | ETV Shorts

By Tabitha Safdi

Children's MuseumThe Main Street Children's Museum, located in Rock Hill, S.C. offers fun and educational activities for children from birth to age six. The creative play space is inspired by the artwork of illustrator Vernon Grant, creator of Snap, Crackle and Pop from the Kellogg Company.

The Blair School of Art | ETV Shorts

By Tabitha Safdi

Blair School of ArtSince 1997, the Blair School of Art has been teaching students how to create photo-realistic paintings through airbrush. The campus is located in Blair, South Carolina and offers students an intensive program in a distraction-free environment.