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Tapp's art earns spot in state competition
JAN 31, 2017

Ivey Tapp's art has been entered in the state competition.
 
 
 

Ivey Tapp won second place for her art in Greenville County in the Chandler Creek Elementary School PTA Reflections contest.

Tapp, a k-5 student, will have her art entered in the state competition.

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GGEF awards more than $20,000 in grants to 18 area schools
JAN 29, 2017

GGEF awards more than $20,000 in grants to 18 area schools

The Greater Greer Education Foundation presented $20,582 in grant money to 18 school and community projects in Greenville and Spartanburg counties at a reception Jan. 26, 2016 at Greer City Hall.

Brent Garrett, chairman of the Foundation, welcomed grant recipients and their guests. “Since 2011, the Foundation has awarded grants and scholarships totaling more than $182,000,” Garrett said. “It is because of our sponsors and community support, that we can award these grants today.” 

The 2016 Corporate Sponsor for the Foundation are Greer Memorial Hospital and J.M. Smith Charities. Corporate Friends are: BMW, Pelham Medical Center, Greenville-Spartanburg Airport, D&D Motors, Greer Women Giving for Education, C.F. Rhem Jr., and Kathy Cochran.

Garrett also praised the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce for their GreerMade program. “Most of our students who receive grants go to schools that prepare them for work at local companies and suppliers. By staying in Greer, they continue to make Greer “the place to be.”

David Dolge, chairman of the Foundation’s Grants Committee, commented: "As a retired educator, being a member of a Foundation that gives money to educators and students is a privilege for me. Our classrooms are filled with very competent teachers and their needs, to effectively serve their students, are great.

"?I love fulfilling teachers' wishes," he said.

Dolge then presented grants ranging from $400 to $1,500 to:

Sherry Smith, Tigerville Elementary
Grant amount: $400
Smith has plans for an arts “career” where students 3rd-5th grades will rotate throughout the year in their art classes, working at a drafting table complete with artist’s chair, special desk top lighting as well as learning to use a light box to gain the experience of taking ownership of a potential career in the arts.

Lisa Hansen, Tigerville Elementary School
Grant amount: $829.50
Hansen plans to include “BreakoutEDU” kits for each of your grade level teams, a game to encourage students to think critically using problem solving and trouble shooting, which promoting teamwork.

Diane Jackson, Tigerville Elementary School
Grant amount: $752.93
Jackson plans to purchase electronic renewal subscriptions to “Reading A to Z” or the updated program “Rax Kids” for each grade level at Tigerville.

Carol C. Godfrey, Skyland Elementary School
Grant amount: $1,500
Godfrey plans to introduce students to the local history and folk tradition of the Blue Ridge community by giving them an opportunity to hear live traditional folk music, meet a local folk musician and play a folk instrument.

Jody Dill, Mountain View Elementary School
Grant amount: $490.80
Dill plans to purchase four Hokki stools to go along with the two currently in use. The goal is to use these stools to help special needs student gain the wiggle room they need while reading or taking tests. The ergonomic stools keep students moving, while they are sitting still. 

Amy Holcombe, Greer High School
Grant amount: $1,463
Holcombe plans to purchase pocketsize portable devices that read text out loud or can be used with headphones. “Students will be able to do research and come to their own opinions based on what they have discovered. Being able to read is vital to communication.”

Kara Ponder, Greer High School
Grant amount: $1,479.76
Ponder plans to purchase two iPad Pros and 2 Apple pencils for students to use to make learning engaging and fun. Ponder said he plans to use the iPads and Apple Pencils to enhance and supplement their learning of content taught in the regular education classes. An additional benefit will be a heightened interest in learning and a boost in student confidence.

Shelly Eubanks, Dunbar Child Development Center
Grant amount: $1,386.48
Ponder plans to purchase an Osmo play system for iPad, which takes iPads into a whole new level of learning. The system impacts the students’ learning in the areas of technology, math, literacy, creativity and social skills.

Jackie Knafelc, D.R. Hill Middle School
Grant amount: $750
Knafelc plans to continue to grow the butterfly garden at her school by adding more railroad ties and smaller gardens around the space, also using railroad ties. The space will include an herb garden, a vegetable garden, a flower garden and walkways. The garden also helps students create relationships with each other. 

Kate Canterbury, Crestview Elementary School
Grant amount: $1,500
Canterbury plans to purchase a Fountas and Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention Kit for use with struggling first grade readers. The kit will provide high-interest, appropriately leveled materials for support at school and at home.

Alicia Keller, Chandler Creek Elementary School
Grant amount: $1,400
Keller plans to purchase materials available for teachers to use with students identified as autistic with autism, anxiety and ADHD. The materials will be included in “toolboxes” which can help students calm down. The toolboxes also make an impact on instruction across the school. 

Jennifer Dodds, Tyson Wright, Kevin Washington, Chandler Creek Elementary School
Grant amount: $1,100
Dodds, Wright and Washington will continue their Works in Progress program that teaches students how to dress and act like gentlemen. Students are taught how to shake hands, open doors, make eye contact and address someone older with respect. 

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Bostick is crowned Miss North Greenville University
JAN 23, 2017

Left to right: Rachel Huber, third runner-up, Celina Schwartz, second runner-up, Miss North Greenville University 2017 Valerie Bostick, Sommer Cagle, first runner-up, and Ashley Campbell, fourth runner-up. 
 

Valerie Bostick from Greenville was crowned Miss North Greenville University last Friday in Turner Chapel.

Bostick, also given the physical fitness and congeniality awards, won a $1,000 scholarship and will compete this summer in the Miss South Carolina Pageant.

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Burnette is Mann's new head football coach
JAN 20, 2017

Kevin Burnette with wife, Alice, son Kevin III and daughter Gracelyn.
 
 

Kevin Burnette has been announced as the new head football coach of J.L. Mann High School.

Burnette is a mathematics teacher at T.L. Hanna and was varsity offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach last year. His offense averaged 35 points per game the past two years while Hanna was 14-10 and made the playoffs both years.

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Hannon, Jensen, Jamison, Kaminski among schools' Heisman Award selections
JAN 20, 2017

Hannon, Jensen, Jamison, Kaminski among schools' Heisman Award selections

Noah Hannon of Greer High School was a finalist in the 2016 Wendy’s High School Heisman Award.

Hannon was an All-State selection, finalist for Mr. Football and also was a national competitor for the school’s Virtual Enterprise team that traveled to New York.

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Kahaleh, Smith are Riverside's Heisman Award winners
JAN 18, 2017

Antoine Kahaleh 

Antoine Kahaleh and Abagail Smith were named Riverside High School’s Wendy’s Heisman Award winners. 

Smith participated in cross-country and track and Kahaleh in football. Smith advanced to become a state finalist.?

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Riverside Speech and Debate Team wins 9th consecutive 1st place sweepstake award
JAN 17, 2017

Riverside Speech and Debate Team

The Riverside Speech and debate Team won its 9th consecutive 1st Place Team Sweepstakes Award at the 2017 PanoRAMa Speech Tournament at Hillcrest High School on Jan. 14.

Several Riverside students also won individual event championships:

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GTCHS Community Service Day is Friday
JAN 17, 2017

Greenville Technical Charter High School will be participating in its first school-wide community service day Friday.

Upperclassmen will be deployed into the community at the following locations at 12:15 Friday:

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Greenville Tech's CMI and director play leading role in robotics collaborative
JAN 16, 2017

David Clayton is Greenville Technical College’s Center for Manufacturing Innovation.
 

The Department of Defense announced Friday the formation of the Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Institute, a project bringing together 84 industry partners, 35 universities, and 40 other groups in 31 states.

Goals for this $253 million project aimed at creating 510,000 new manufacturing jobs include increasing worker productivity by 30 percent and making robots more accessible to small and medium-sized businesses. 

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Tunes in the Park, Idol is in the past, International Festival, Railfest back on track for 2017
JAN 11, 2017

Railfest was the newest and among the most popular family-friendly event added to the City of Greer's entertainment schedule.
 

Tunes in the Park and Greer Idol have been eliminated from the Greer Recreation Department’s 2017 programs.

More popular events promoted by the city remain like the International Festival and Movies in the Park and Railfest.

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North Greenville December grads from greater Greer
JAN 5, 2017

North Greenville December grads from greater Greer

The following greater Greer students graduated North Greenville University on Dec. 9.

Baccalaureate degree students whose cumulative grade point average were at least 3.5 graduates cum laude; those with at least a 3.75 graduate magna cum laude; and those with at least a 3.9 grade point average graduate summa cum laude.

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Jennifer Jones begins new era at Citizens Building and Loan, joins elite group of banking CEOs
JAN 5, 2017

Jennifer Jones begins a new era at Citizens Building and Loan as President and Chief Executive Officer.
 

Jennifer Jones, as President and Chief Executive Officer for Citizens Building and Loan, is one of six women holding a position of that magnitude in South Carolina banking.

CBL hired Jones just after graduating Presbyterian College and 16 years later she runs the oldest financial institution in Greer. CBL was founded in 1907.

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