Community Spotlights: Greenville Zoo, The Broadway Collective and more

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NONPROFIT
FAVOR Greenville named a ‘model program’ by federal government

FAVOR Greenville has been named one of four “model programs” from across the nation by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and Faces and Voices of Recovery in Washington, D.C. “Model programs” are considered centers of excellence that can be used as models for other recovery community organizations across the country. Staff from other organizations will visit FAVOR Greenville to learn from them, and eventually staff from FAVOR Greenville will send teams to visit other sites and support their development. This recognition is a reflection of the FAVOR team and their sustained work to help those battling addiction through recovery support and advocacy.

PHILANTHROPY
Local Allstate employees earn $69K grant for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s South Carolina Chapter

The owners of 69 Allstate agencies and financial specialists from Greenville and the surrounding area have earned a $69,000 Allstate Foundation Helping Hands grant to benefit the South Carolina chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The grant will support the organization’s mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myeloma and improve the lives of patients and their families. Each participating Allstate employee earned $1,000 by raising awareness and gathering items for a silent auction at a final celebration event after a 10-week campaign to support the 2017 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Upstate Girl of the Year, Lilly.

GRANT
Greenville Zoo receives grant from Association of Zoos & Aquariums

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) has awarded the Greenville Zoo a 2017-18 Nature Play Begins at Your Zoo & Aquarium Grant for the zoo’s Nature Play Head Start Extension program. The Greenville Zoo is one of 30 grant recipients that totaled $230,000. These competitive grants are selected through a review by experts and presented to accredited zoos and aquariums to encourage family nature play and conservation education. In 2014, the Greenville Zoo developed its Family Nature Club and established a nature play space within the zoo. The zoo has also invited students to experience the nature play space on zoo grounds to continue learning through the zoo. This grant will support the research that has shown that free play immersed in outdoor settings is fundamental to connecting children with the natural world around them.

PERFORMING ARTS
The Broadway Collective comes to Greenville

The Broadway Collective, a learning experience for children interested in pursuing a career in the performing arts, will come to Greenville on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, for a one-day, five-hour musical theater master class. The founder and lead teacher of the class, Robert Hartwell, has just left the Broadway revival of “Hello, Dolly!,” starring Bette Midler, to focus on teaching the Collective. Hartwell brings with him two additional working Broadway professionals for the class. The Collective will tour 16 cities and is for anyone over the age of 7 to work on their voice, dance, acting, and audition skills. This is the third season of the Broadway Collective, and the classes tend to sell out in advance.

GREENVILLE COUNTY SCHOOLS
District signs dual-enrollment agreement with ECPI University

ECPI University’s Greenville campus and Greenville County Schools are partnering to offer students a dual-enrollment opportunity to earn up to 15 college credits while in high school. Some of the courses include introduction to operating systems, logic and design, computer applications, networking I, and computer configuration I. Additionally, the students who participate in this program can receive guaranteed admission to ECPI University upon graduation of high school, provided they meet certain academic criteria.

FURMAN UNIVERSITY
Riley Institute announces winner of WhatWorksSC Education Award

The Riley Institute at Furman University and South Carolina Future Minds presented the Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award to Excellence to Make Summer Count, a program of Public Education Partners in Greenville. Make Summer Count is a program that focuses on combating summer learning loss of academic skills but encourages families to remain engaged in reading during the summer by providing free and new books to take home over summer break, as well as hosting family reading nights throughout the summer. Make Summer Count received $5,000 to support its cause and expand throughout South Carolina. The award presentation was sponsored by Elliott Davis, the Association of School Administrators, the South Carolina Education Association, the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee, South Carolina ETV, and the South Carolina School Boards Association.

ST. JOSEPH’S CATHOLIC SCHOOL
School’s AP pass rates announced

The college counseling office of St. Joseph’s recently reported that their students had a 78 percent pass rate on Advanced Placement (AP) exams completed during the last three years. Of the 765 AP exams taken, St. Joseph’s students scored a 3 or better on 599 of the tests. The students are required to take AP exams each May after completing the college-level courses, and students must score between 3 and 5 in order to earn college credit. The state and national pass rate averaged 57 percent over the last 3 years. Forty-four students at St. Joseph’s earned the designation of AP Scholar by the College Board in recognition of their achievement on the AP exams in May 2017.

BOB JONES UNIVERSITY
Three students from Bob Jones University present research to American Chemical Society

Three students from Bob Jones University presented papers about their research to the American Chemical Society (ACS) in Charlotte, N.C., on Nov. 10. The ACS is the world’s largest scientific society with nearly 157,000 members. It is considered one of the world’s leading sources of authoritative scientific information. The three students who presented were Erin Martin, Claire Overly, and James Kuzmic. Martin, a senior biochemistry and molecular biology major, and Kuzmic, a junior chemistry major, presented a paper titled, “Synthesis of ML-336 from 5 Nitroanthranilic Acid via Conventional Methods.” This research was a part of BJU’s summer 2017 Research Immersion for Undergraduates in Chemistry program. Overly, a senior biochemistry and molecular biology major, presented a paper titled, “Investigating variants of a fluorescent calcium sensor toward engineering metal binding selectivity,” which describes her 2017 summer research at Pennsylvania State University. All three students additionally prepared manuscripts for publication.

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