A pair of fourth graders is making the most of their holidays making arts and crafts to benefit the Salvation Army.
Jackson Suber and Brady Brown, both 9-years-old, have been stationed outside the Stomping Grounds at 208 Trade Street the past two days making different shapes and sizes of multicolored sand jars and beaded necklaces. Prices range $5 and under.
Long lines and crowded stores can come as a headache to some shoppers. However, Christmastime brings challenges to shoppers with disabilities.
“There's music and moving lights and large crowds and it's just difficult to maneuver anywhere," stated Carol Kaufman-Scarborough, a professor of marketing at the Rutgers School of Business-Camden.
Kaufman-Scarborough has studied consumers with disabilities since 1995 and has found that most consumer research failed to consider customers with mobility issues – such as those having to shop from a wheelchair – as well as people with hearing, vision and cognitive impairments.
Mikelle Porter, campus coordinator for the Benson Campus in Greer, was recognized as a leader and team player at Greenville Technical College’s convocation.
Porter received the President’s Excellence Award for demonstrating excellence in collaboration, forward thinking, communication, and professionalism for the college and for the Greer community.
Daniella Recinos has a heart full of love and giving at the young age of nine.
"My favorite part of the holidays is giving to people," she said. "My favorite part is Christmas eve and Christmas dinner."
Daniella plans on spending this holiday season helping others. "I go to different places and give gifts to people," Daniella said.
Sixth-grade Riverside Middle School student Paris Christie won second place in a local illustrated poetry contest sponsored by the Western Carolina chapter of the American Chemical Society.
The contest was held in conjunction with National Chemistry Week.
Shayoa Cabieya is a soft-spoken 11-year-old, but she's full of holiday spirit and enjoys the Christmas season.
"I like getting presents," Shayoa said.
Ja'len Shippy, 11, has a smile that will light up the room.
Ja'len also lights up when he talks about his favorite things to do at Christmas.
Ashton Townsend is 10-years-old and has a close bond with his family. Spending time with family, said Ashton, is his favorite part about the holidays.
"I'm most thankful for having my family," Ashton said.
The Riverside Middle School boys' basketball team defeated Northwest, Tanglewood and Mauldin to win the pre-season basketball tournament. Eighth-grader Jordan Woodruff was named tournament MVP.
RMS 7th-graders learn about forensics at Roper Mountain Science Center
Winners of the Giving Thanks art contest were presented at Greer City Council Tuesday night at an overflow crowd.
Students were invited to submit original art in the annual event sponsored by the Greer Cultural Arts Council. The winners’ art will be displayed in the City Hall lobby throughout the holidays.
The CBL Foundation of Citizens Building & Loan awarded $9,000 to support Visions Of Excellence, which focuses on supplying instructional supplies and teaching aids to greater Greer area elementary, middle and high schools.
The check was presented to Laurens (Larry) James, Jr., founder of Visions of Excellence, by CBL Executive Vice President Jennifer Jones.
Dell Brockman is eight-years-old and loves to eat cake. He says it's his favorite holiday food and it doesn't matter what kind.
He's also a family man.
More than 90 entries have been announced for Sunday's Greer Christmas Parade.
The star of the annual parade, titled An International Christmas, is typically Santa Claus. Santa will have some extra help this year.
Lonnie “Gee” McGee will be at the parade taking his usual place leading the Greer High School Marching Band.