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Campus Wear Donations

Thank you for your campus wear donations. In order for us to keep the donations closet organized, we ask that any donations you send in are on hangers. This allows us to display the donations and keep the room organized so that you can easily navigate through available items.

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Insight from Our Leadership 4.16.15

A Culture of Excellence

My wife and I have known about Ben Lippen School for many years because Connie attended CIU, and I worked in the Columbia community. After serving in a ministry in Virginia for 16 years, we considered moving back to Columbia to be near family. Ben Lippen has had a consistently stellar reputation, and during our final years of ministry in Virginia, God laid on my heart that He expects a culture of excellence when serving Him. When we considered a position here and interviewed with Boarding Director, Eric Needham, and Headmaster, Chip Jones, we hoped the commitment to excellence they talked about was an accurate reflection of the ministry culture at Ben Lippen. We stepped out in faith and accepted our position as houseparents of House 3B.

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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.

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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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