GREER EDUCATION From December 2013


Craneous Maximus named for third RTG crane
DEC 23, 2013

Craneous Maximus, selected by fifth grader Fermin Redondo of Crestview Elementary School, is the final name selected for the third rubber-tired gantry crane at the Greer Inland Port.

The students earned their schools $500 and they each were awarded a plaque commemorating their achievements. The names will be painted on the cranes.

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Retirement workshop offered at USC Upstate
DEC 23, 2013

USC Upstate is offering an educational workshop to help retirees “Rejuvenate Your Retirement.”

The workshop is designed to help retirees, or those getting ready to retire, to plan and protect investments, while making it possible to enjoy retirement without worrying about money.

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Washington Center students enjoy a merry holiday season
DEC 19, 2013

Washington Center student Duke Moore and Para-Educator Rhonda Dreher celebrate the joy of the season with Santa.

Thanks to many friends and community supporters, the holiday season was merry for the students attending Washington Center. 

The school was festive with decorations courtesy of the PTA. The Klaver Klub (a community sorority from Beck and Hughes Middle School) generously purchased gifts for every child.  Socks for every child were supplied by the Furman Heller Service Corps. 

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BRMS Student Council hosts food drive
DEC 19, 2013

Lillian Humphries, Morgan Summey, Chelsea Watson

Blue Ridge Middle School Student Council hosted the Annual Blue Ridge Middle School food drive December 2-13. 

BRMS students collected 13,457 cans and more than $2,000. All donations were sent to local Greer food banks and charities.

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Washington Center class learns about money skills
DEC 19, 2013

Washington Center students (left to right) Cleveland Davis, Paul Barnett, Xavier Lindsey and  Kyle Johnson with the assistance of teacher, McKenzie Riley, and Para-educator, Anthony Gardner, are working on wrapping presents to give to their families during the holiday season.

Community Based Instruction is an important activity for students at Washington Center.  Recently McKenzie Riley's class participated in hands-on activities promoting the use of money skills and budgeting.  

Given a predetermined amount of money, students were given the opportunity to select items from a local store. Once the items were selected, students paid for the items and retrieved the change and receipt from the purchase. The students then brought the items back to school where they were wrapped and given as gifts for their families during the holiday season. 

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Forensics: The Case of the Missing Chef
DEC 19, 2013

Forensics:  The Case of the Missing Chef

The Career Education Students at RMS rotated among three 60-minute lessons at Roper Mountain Science Center. Students were introduced to a cold case involving a missing chef.

In three separate sessions, students acted as forensic specialists, analyzing materials found at the crime scene. They performed strawberry DNA extract, evaluated DNA samples, determined blood type and, in the chemistry component, analyzed known and unknown materials found at the scene.

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RMS, Furman partner in science career project
DEC 19, 2013

RMS, Furman partner in science career project

Riverside Middle School and Dr. John Kaup from Furman University's Science Department partnered to provide all 8th-grade science students the opportunity to explore a multitude of careers in Health Sciences and STEMS (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). 

Furman students from the following science clubs:  Biology, Health Science, Neuroscience, and Physics spoke with RMS students about what they were majoring in, the types of classes they needed to take to help prepare them for their chosen career, the types of educational degrees, certifications, and shared with students with hands on activities that they were doing in their college level classes.

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Riverside Middle ends 2013 with more than 70 Junior Scholars
DEC 18, 2013

Kevin Styles, Riverside Middle School Teacher of the Year 2014-2015, directed the Winter Band Concert on Dec. 9.

More than 70 Riverside Middle School students qualified as a South Carolina Junior Scholar. Students scored 50 or higher on the PSAT in verbal, math or writing to qualify.

Taylor Rose Allen

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Blue Ridge HS business group collects Toys for Tots
DEC 17, 2013

Alyson Craig, President, Future Business Leaders of America Blue Ridge High School Chapter, poses with the toys collected for the Marine Toys for Tots program.

Blue Ridge High School FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) collected 154 toys for the Marine Toys for Tots program. It was the group’s 5th annual toy drive.

“It was an honor to lead a drive for such an amazing cause.  Just knowing that it might make one child’s Christmas makes it all worthwhile,” said Alyson Craig, Chapter President.

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Burch hearing as many stories as he's selling at book signings
DEC 16, 2013

Buzzy Stewart and Leland Burch share a hearty laugh Monday during a book signing at Rosie's. Stewart bought four books.

Leland Burch held his third book signing Monday and came away with as many new stories as the ones he has published in “Greer SC The Center of the Universe”.

At each signing Burch and purchasers of his book reflect on Greer in the past and during the Burch family's successful tenure as owners of the local newspaper until its sale to out of town buyers in 2008.

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Bob Jones president resigning, cites health issues
DEC 13, 2013

Stephen Jones submitted his resignation as president of Bob Jones University citing health issues.

Stephen Jones submitted his resignation as president of Bob Jones University and the university board of trustees accepted it effective at the end of Commencement May 9.

“The persistence of my health issues over the last three years is preventing me from providing the leadership the University needs at this time and prompted my personal decision to resign," Jones said.

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Riverside band award 'Best' in Poinsettia Parade
DEC 12, 2013

The Riverside High School Marching Band was awarded Best Band in the Greenville Poinsettia Christmas Parade.

Riverside played “Here Comes Santa Claus” just in front of Santa’s float. The band was among 12 performing. Riverside has 150 students in its band.

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Washington Center students make cards for U.S. military
DEC 12, 2013

Washington Center students and staff display Christmas cards made for military serving our country through the Holiday Mail for Hero’s Program.

Washington Center students, with teacher Sarah Ashworth, recently made Christmas cards for the members of the U.S. Military during Daily Living Classes.

 The students wanted to show their appreciation to the military for their sacrifices and to wish them a Merry Christmas while away from their families.

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Riverside teacher's book on 'Unknown Wars that Changed History' is published
DEC 12, 2013

Riverside High School teacher Steve Johnson has written and published the book

Riverside High School teacher Steve Johnson has written and published the book “Unknown Wars of Asia, Africa, and the Americas That Changed History.”

Johnson has been a contributing author to Military Heritage and Strategy & Tactics Magazines and has taught History at Limestone College and Riverside for more than 20 years.

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BRHS students collected more than 1,000 Christmas cards for military
DEC 9, 2013

Blue Ridge High School Service Learning students collected over 1,000 Christmas cards from the student body to be sent to members of the miltary and their families.

Blue Ridge High School Service Learning students participated in the American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes and collected over 1,000 Christmas cards from the student body to be sent to members of the U.S. Armed Forces, veterans and military families this holiday season.

• National Honor Society member Brady O’Boyle (11th grade) organized a teddy bear drive for Fire Departments. Firemen give out the bears when there is a house fire. The Blue Ridge NHS chapter donated over 400 bears.

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'Atlas': Ashley Sell gives Port crane a mighty, worldly name
DEC 9, 2013

Ashley Sell of Woodland Elementary School is announced as winner of naming a crane at the Greer inland port. Michael Hoffman, Terminal Manager, South Carolina Inland Port, joined Ashley on the Morning Show.

Ashley Sell didn’t have any idea why she was asked to report to Woodland Elementary School’s TV studio for the Morning Show.

Minutes after 8 a.m. the entire school did. Michael Hoffman, Terminal Manager, South Carolina Inland Port, presented Ashley with a plaque commemorating her naming one of three cranes “Atlas”.

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Blue Ridge Foothills, Wade Hampton Taylors select pageant winners
DEC 4, 2013

Winners of Miss Blue Ridge Foothills and Miss Wade Hampton Taylors and teen are left to right: Angel Garcia, Madison Barrett, Emily Galphin and Maddie Styles.

Four girls won 2014 Miss Blue Ridge Foothills and Miss Wade Hampton Taylors and teen, respectively. They will compete next year in the Miss South Carolina pageant. The pageant was held at Blue Ridge High School.

Winners are:

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Mullins named Foundation Manager at Greenville Tech
DEC 4, 2013

Butler Mullins

Butler Mullins has joined the Greenville Tech Foundation as Foundation Manager, responsible for Foundation operations and coordination of business matters with the college.

 Mullins comes to Greenville Technical College with extensive experience in management, trade show and event production, and community leadership. He most recently served as COO and Principal with Swamp Fox/InnoVenture, producing and managing the annual InnoVenture conference, a two-day innovation event, and InnoMobility, an annual conference addressing the global transformation of mobility.

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Greenville Tech students named essay contest winners
DEC 4, 2013

Deniz Dogan, Daniel Martinez, and Caroline France, winners of the

Winners of a student essay contest celebrating diversity were announced last month at Greenville Technical College. The "It's a Small World After All" essay contest was sponsored by Michelin North America.

Speakers at the event included Dr. Cynthia King, a Furman University professor of communication, who explored stereotypes as telling only one aspect of an individual or group's story and globalization as a connection of ideas.

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Washington Center students care about community
DEC 4, 2013

Washington Center student Britney Herbert delivers a hot meal as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels Greenville. 

Amy Garbe's Washington Center Class is taking an active role in their community. The students are volunteering with Meals on Wheels Greenville, delivering hot meals to people in the community.  Students help by counting out the number of meals to pick up, counting out milk and juice, packing up all food and drinks for delivery, personally delivering the meals and meeting new friends in the community.

Song writer and singer entertains students and staff
Internationally known song writer and singer, Jenn Bostic, recently returned for an encore concert to entertain the students and staff at Washington Center. Bostic has been touched by the Washington Center students and staff who find inspiration and joy in her music. Bostic shared her love for music and special needs individuals as the students participated by playing instruments, moving, clapping and singing. Special stars made by each student were waved during the "Superstar" song. A group of dedicated fans accompanied their favorite song on stage as back-up singers. The classes prepared for the event by studying the artist and her work during Music Class with teacher Julie Dail. Bostic has won the five top awards for Independent Country Music Awards (including Overall Winner), reached No. 1 on the UK singer-songwriter charts, and performs frequently at the Grand Ole Opry.

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