Welcome back, Teachers!
Now that you have settled into your classrooms with your regular schedules and
routines, please consider taking advantage of the help HTC can provide for you
and your students with classroom presentations, materials, and other resources.
Nicole Hyman, HTC Senior Marketing Coordinator, is available to assist you in
making lesson plans come to life in your classrooms. For more information, you
can reach Nicole by calling 369-8498 or emailing at [email protected]
Visit www.htcschool.com for the latest information about HTC’s programs for
area schools. And, tell other teachers in your school about signing up for HTC
email updates at www.htcschool.com.
FOUNDATION FOR RURAL SERVICE, YOUTH TOUR 2008
HTC sponsored an educational tour and all expense paid trip to Washington, DC, May 31-June 4,
2008, for two local students selected for the 14th Annual Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) Youth
Tour. Morgan Nirenstein representing Loris High School and Meghan Weisen representing Aynor
High School were selected by school counselors and HTC. The 14th Annual Youth Tour exposed
and explained the telecommunications industry in a legislative context to students from rural
America. Students also had the opportunity to visit many of the historical sites in the nation’s
The trip focused on a comprehensive overview of the telecommunications industry, including
careers in telecommunications, the critical role telecommunications plays in rural America, and
how legislative and regulatory decisions, made in Washington, affect the industry.
The Youth Tour brought together 100 high school juniors from across rural America to Washington,
DC on a four day culturally enriching experience. The tour allowed youth to visit the Supreme
Court and US Capitol to meet with a member of Congress. They also participated in an informational session about the Federal Communications Commission, US Department of Agriculture, Rural
Utilities Service and more. Students visited the nations most historic and popular tour sites, including the Supreme Court and the Lincoln and Roosevelt Memorials.
For more information about the Youth Tour or other educational programs provided by HTC, please
contact Nicole Hyman, HTC Senior Marketing Coordinator, at 369-8498.
Please encourage other teachers and staff members to sign up for HTC email updates.
Those who sign up before January 1, 2009 will be included in a drawing for various prizes
such as HTC gift certificates, Wal-Mart gift cards and more.
Winners will be announced in the next email update.
HTC and HEC CELEBRATE NATIONAL COOPERATIVE MONTH AND
AWARD NEARLY $8,000 IN BRIGHT IDEAS GRANTS TO TEACHERS
HTC and HEC launched the Bright Ideas program in January 2007 with the hopes of
providing funding for innovative classroom-based education projects. “Bright
Ideas” grants are intended to fund projects outside normal public school funding parameters and can be made available to all disciplines in grades K-12 in Horry County.
A school may submit an application, and teachers are limited to one application per
“Many teachers develop innovative classroom projects, but do not have the funds to implement the
projects,” says Nicole Hyman, HTC senior marketing coordinator. “We were very pleased to
receive 16 applications from various schools throughout Horry County, and we are excited to
announce that through the Bright Ideas program HTC and HEC will be able to help fund eight of
HTC and HEC recently visited eight schools in the area to deliver nearly $8,000 in grant money.
Megan Acre, special education teacher at Kingston Elementary, received $1,000 to purchase a
Smartboard to enhance instruction for special needs students.
Charles Devine, teacher at Conway High, received $950 to purchase LanDesk computer
software to monitor student achievement and keep at risk students on track.
Mary Figura, curriculum specialist for Socastee Elementary, received $995 to purchase
materials and technology to create and maintain instructional literacy center stations that will
be used to address instructional deficiencies and demonstrate techniques for improving
Lori Gorman, teacher at North Myrtle Beach Middle, received $1,000 to purchase video
equipment and create standards-based educational videos for use in core classes.
Martha Hutchinson, curriculum specialist at Green Sea Floyds Elementary, received $1,000 to
purchase a Smartboard for interactive hands-on, minds-on technology that will accommodate
different learning styles.
Cathy Nelson, teacher at Conway Middle, received $1,000 for a Techstravaganza event to be
hosted by the school.
Shannon Prince, music teacher at Pee Dee Elementary, received $1,000 to purchase a
Smartboard to enhance her music classroom.
And, Ann Reinisch, teacher at Forestbrook Middle, received $1,000 to purchase Fly Pens to
help students with language translation needs.
“We were very impressed with the requests and are especially proud that all grants presented this
year are funded through the Co-Op Cup Golf Tournament hosted by HTC and HEC employees in
October,” says Toni Gore, HEC marketing and public relations assistant.
The Bright Ideas grant program is just one of the many programs HTC and HEC implement in the
educational sector of Horry County. For more information about the Bright Ideas grant program,
visit www.htcinc.net, www.htcschool.com or www.horryelectric.com. Feel free to contact Nicole
Hyman, HTC Senior Marketing Coordinator at 369-8498 or Toni Gore, HEC Marketing and Public
Relations Assistant at 369-6359.
HTC introduces Unlimited Talk! Get unlimited nationwide calling on both your HTC Home Phone
AND HTC Horizon Wireless service for as low as $79.99 a month. Call anyone – anywhere in the
U.S. – at any time on BOTH phones. Unlimited Talk means no overage charges, no long distance
fees, and no monthly surprises.
Back-to-School with ibundle Savings
Head back to class with Unlimited Talk and ibundle savings. Horry County School District Faculty
and Staff who bundle HTC Horizon Wireless with HTC Home Phone, Digital Cable, and NetRacer
High-Speed Internet on the same bill will enjoy unlimited nationwide calling for as low as $79.99 a
month plus exclusive ibundle savings:
A Wireless Contract Buyout – get “off the hook” with your current wireless provider – up to
• Unlimited Talk on family lines as low as $29.99 a month.
• Instant $50 off a new phone and free activation.
• Plus Unlimited Text for as low as $10 a month!
Say hello to savings with Unlimited Talk. Call 365-2154 or visit www.htcinc.net today.
* Limited time offer. Certain restrictions apply. HTC Rewards and ibundle programs available to most residential customers; programs and pricing
may vary by area. HTC services available in most areas. Special pricing for 24 consecutive months. Pricing does not include taxes and fees. Cannot
be combined with other offers. Qualification for special pricing dependent on retention of all 4 services and specific criteria. All services must be combined on the same bill. May add up to 4 additional wireless lines (5 total). Up to $150 credit on primary wireless line and up to $75 credit on secondary (family) wireless lines for early cancellation fees with current wireless provider. Instant $50 discount on a new phone available with new activation or eligible upgrade; 2-year commitment required. See store for details.
For the third consecutive year, HTC, Carolina Trust Federal Credit Union, and 104.9 BOB FM
are partnering to offer two scholarship awards to graduating high school seniors within Horry,
Georgetown, Marion, Williamsburg, and the southern part of Florence County. Two $1,000
scholarships will be awarded to rising college freshman attending either Coastal Carolina University
or Francis Marion University. The scholarships may be renewed for an additional three years in the
amount of $500 per year should the award recipients continue to meet qualifying criteria. The
total scholarship amount each student may receive over a four-year period is $2,500. High school
guidance counselors will receive letters and applications in the mail the first of November. For
more information, visit www.htcinc.net or www.carolinatrust.org and download an application.
High School Guidance Counselors in Horry County Schools will also be receiving college scholarship
applications from the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS). The Foundation of Rural Service was
established in 1994 and, through its partnership with the National Telecommunications
Cooperative Association (NTCA), promotes, educates and advocates to the public, rural
telecommunications issues in order to sustain and enhance the quality of life within communities
throughout rural America. In keeping with its mission, furthering the education of rural youth is
one of the foundation’s primary focuses. HTC is a member of NTCA and is proud to support FRS in
this worthy endeavor.
As your local telecommunications provider, it is our pleasure to offer this national scholarship
program to the students in your school. Should a student from our service area be selected to
receive one of the 30 scholarships ($2,000 each), we will contribute an additional $500 to the
scholarship, bringing the total one-time scholarship award to $2,500.
The application is easily reproduced and can also be downloaded from www.frs.org. Completed
applications should be sent directly to Nicole Hyman, HTC, PO Box 1820 Conway, SC 29528 no
later than Thursday, January 22, 2009.
We are very excited to bring these scholarship opportunities to our local schools! Please help us
make it a success by ensuring that all eligible students have an opportunity to apply.
Now is the time to Send in Bright Ideas Grant Applications
Although the final selection will not take place until September 2009, teachers and school
representatives need to start now completing grant applications for the HTC and HEC Bright Ideas
program. Applications can be accessed online at www.htcinc.net, www.htcschool.com and
www.horryelectric.com. For more information, please feel free to contact Nicole Hyman, HTC
Senior Marketing Coordinator at 369-8498 or Toni Gore, HEC Marketing and Public Relations
Assistant at 369-6359.
HTC Helped Students Get Ready for Class Once Again
HTC hosted its 9th Annual Back to School FREE School Supplies Program and the event was the
most successful yet with more than 2,000 bags distributed to local families from HTC branch office
locations throughout Horry County. Parents and students lined up early to receive their bags of
school supplies packed with pencils, rulers, erasers, pencil bags, notebooks and more.
(left to right)
made a visit to
HTC to receive
People waiting in line at HTC’s Conway
REEL Kids Nominations are Due!
HTC REEL Kids applications have been mailed and nominations are due.
Please take a moment to nominate students who have been successful despite overcoming obstacles in their lives. To help accommodate extra busy
fall schedules, the deadline is Thursday, October 16, 2008. Administrators,
Guidance Counselors and Teachers need to join together to nominate the
most deserving students from their schools. Visit www.htcschool.com to
view the latest REEL Kids clips from 2008.