News and Announcements

BLS and CIU Partnering with DHEC in Emergency Preparedness

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has contacted Columbia International University (CIU) and Ben Lippen School (BLS) to initiate a plan that will allow CIU and BLS to become medication dispensing sites in the event of a public health emergency (i.e. terrorist attack with aerosol anthrax). Ben Lippen would be a closed Point of Dispensing (POD) which would allow us to quickly receive medications from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and then offer the medications to our employees, students, and families free-of-charge. As a closed POD, we would serve only our constituency, not the general public, giving the Ben Lippen community easy and quick access to the necessary medications which would not be the case if everyone had to go to an open, public POD.

If the need arose to launch the closed POD plan at Ben Lippen, we would require medical and non-medical volunteers to assist in the process. If you would like more information or are interested in being placed on our closed POD volunteer list, please email the school nurse.

High School Students Excel in Science Olympiad

March 21st was an exciting day for Ben Lippen High School students who participated in the 31st Annual SC Science Olympiad held on the Newberry College campus. Rigorous academic interscholastic competitions are balanced between various science disciplines of biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, computers, and technology. The 2015 competition included Bridge Building, Elastic Powered Glider, Disease Detectives, Fossils, Forensics, Astronomy, Experimental Design, and more.

Read more: High School Students Excel in Science Olympiad

We Are Rolling!

In the last couple of weeks, our new bus was seen at the Koger Center with our students who participated in the SCISA Music Festival, at Hammond School for baseball games, at Riverbanks Zoo for Junior/Senior Invitation Day, and at Columbiana Grande as the boarding program enjoyed dinner and a movie.

If you are wondering why your team, class, or organization hasn't had a ride, your opportunity is coming soon! The latest, greatest technology requires new certifications, and we have several drivers going through the endorsement process now. We also have fabulous Falcon graphics that will be applied to the bus in the next several weeks.

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Insight from Our Leadership 3.19.15

Walking with Integrity

Ben Lippen’s mission is to “glorify God by assisting the family and the church in equipping students academically, spiritually, and socially under the Lordship of Jesus Christ." We believe this is important because, as Christians, we have been instructed to be “blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a twisted and crooked generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world” (Philippians 2:15, ESV). This has become a struggle for our students because, as this verse says, we live in a “twisted and crooked” world. Society and pop culture are telling our youth to live for themselves, live in the now, and to worry about the consequences only if they get caught. It is sobering to see how our world is teaching this generation to “act now, think later.” Whatever will help them get ahead in this world is being encouraged, while seeking to honor and glorify God is an afterthought, if thought of at all.

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Insight from Our Leadership 3.12.15

Believe It, Live It, and Share It

"BLS is what? RED HOT!"

Every time I hear the cheerleaders and fans yell those words during a game, I am transported back to 1990 when I began my relationship with Ben Lippen as a cheer coach. I was teaching in Richland County School District One but spent my afternoons with energetic, loud, fun Ben Lippen girls! Eight years later, I began teaching at Ben Lippen. What a joy it was and is to teach to the whole person academically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually.  

Read more: Insight from Our Leadership 3.12.15

Student Perspective 2.26.15

Shining for Christ in My Home

Having lived in a Ben Lippen boarding house for almost my entire life, I consider myself incredibly blessed. My parents have been houseparents for 13 years now, and I have well over 100 "brothers", as I call them. When I tell people I live in a house full of high school boys, their first reaction is often to sympathize with me. However, the environment I have been able to grow up in has created endless opportunities to shine the light of Christ in my own home.

Read more: Student Perspective 2.26.15

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