vapingSarah answered the question quickly and emphatically: “No, I don’t vape, and I don’t plan to start. I see too many kids in my high school who are addicted to JUULs. They vape any way they can — in the bathroom, outside, even in class, when they hide the device up their sleeve.”

Graduation giftsWe spoke to local graduates of University of South Carolina Beaufort to share their favorite graduation gifts.

When I graduated from high school, I know I was given all sorts of gifts. Some I remember, and many I do not. The one item that stands out for me was the Leatherman someone gave me so I had it when I went to college. I remember thinking it was a very odd gift. It turned out to be one of the best items anyone ever gave me.  Virtually no one on the college residence hall floor with whom I lived had a screwdriver. It came in handy ALL the time.

It’s graduation time! Our local University graduates students on Friday, May 2, and our high schools will follow suit at the end of the month! Here are some awesome ideas for low- and high-cost, and, more importantly, some high-emotional-impact gifts that local students received before matriculating at college.

volunteerIs your teen looking for a place to complete some community service hours?  Opportunities abound for volunteering in the Lowcountry. We have compiled a list of options in Beaufort, Bluffton, and Hilton Head. Note: Many of these links send you to a form or application. Please read the instructions for each.

tips for highschool juniors

Think college admissions is just for high school seniors?  Think again! There are plenty of things you can do now during your junior year to help prepare you for the college admissions process.

Below is a list of things that juniors can start doing this spring to get them ready! 

money teensAn important aspect of helping kids develop into responsible adults is teaching them the value and rewards of hard work and earning their own money. Through this, they gain self-esteem, come to understand the real value of a dollar and become more thoughtful in the way they spend money. Share the list below with your preteen or teen for a variety of ways kids can make money.