Community Spotlights: Meals on Wheels, Meyer Center, and more



The teaching sisters at St. Mary’s Catholic School in downtown Greenville enjoyed the solar eclipse.

From left to right: Stephen Smith, Hudson Hopper, and Mark Hopper


Fourth-grader raises funds for Meals on Wheels
A 9-year-old delivered $205 in cash to Greer Community Ministries (GCM) this week so that he could help feed homebound Meals on Wheels clients. Hudson Hopper is a fourth-grader at Lyman Elementary School. Spurred on by his third-grade teacher, Emily Starkey, who challenged her students to pick a project to complete during their third-grade school year, Hopper chose Greer Meals on Wheels. His goal was to raise $100, enough to provide 45 clients with lunch at $4 per meal. To raise the money, Hopper collected aluminum cans and turned them in for cash. He exceeded his goal by collecting 6,100 cans and cash donations throughout the year.

He was familiar with the GCM program because his parents, Mark and Amanda Hopper, already supported it by delivering a Meals on Wheels route in Greer for the past two years.


Meals on Wheels partners with the Meyer Center
Meals on Wheels of Greenville and the Meyer Center for Special Children announced a new partnership. Meals on Wheels will be providing nutritious meals and healthy snacks daily to Meyer Center students. This collaboration will provide food that is not only nutritious but also meets unique dietary needs and is easier for students with disabilities to eat.


Annual grief seminar scheduled for Sept. 26–27
Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes announces Dr. Harold Ivan Smith as the speaker for the 16th annual grief seminar that will take place on Sept. 26–27 at the TD Convention Center in Greenville. The three-seminar series is a public outreach project sponsored by Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes that aims to provide a resource to those experiencing grief in their personal and professional lives. The seminar begins on Sept. 26, 3–5 p.m., with Assisting Grievers in the Community. This seminar is geared toward school professionals, teachers, nurses, social services, clergy, and administrative staff. Later, Smith will present How Long Does Normal Grief Last from 6:45–9 p.m. On Sept. 27, 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m., Smith will present the professional caregivers’ workshop If I Were Grieving Right Should I Be Done by Now. For more information, visit

Ann Wright (left), vice president for advancement at GTC; scholarship recipient Jacqueline Burrows; Cheryl Wiggins, Fluor senior manager of community affairs; and James Brown, Fluor VP and general manager of operations


Scholarship fund receives $7,500
This year, The Fluor Foundation has added to the scholarship fund at Greenville Technical College (GTC), donating $7,500. The scholarships are benefiting students, GTC, and employers. The Fluor Foundation expanded its Craft Education Initiative in 2016 to create a pipeline of skilled craft professionals to meet the company’s growing manpower needs in the Southeastern United States. In Greenville, a strong emphasis is placed on attracting females to these traditionally male-dominated careers.


School dedicates new high school facility
Bridgeway Christian Academy (BCA) recently dedicated its new high school on their campus at 724 Garlington Road in Greenville. For more than 30 years, BCA has provided education for students throughout the Greenville area for ages preschool through the eighth grade. The school is looking to expand their educational program with the launching of a high school, beginning with the ninth grade.


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