Community Spotlights: United Ministries, CresCom Foundation, and more




United Ministries’ honor card illustrates a tradition of giving

United Ministries has announced their 2017 holiday honor card featuring art by Meredith Piper. For over 20 years, a local artist has created a piece of art to illustrate the sense of the holidays, poverty, and giving, all within Greenville. The artwork is then turned into a holiday card that can be used to honor family and friends this holiday season. Piper is a Greenville native and used the backdrop of the Swamp Rabbit Trail and its abandoned mills and smokestacks to show that Greenville was once the textile capital of the world. The hope is to show symbolic reminders of the past and renewal, which represent the thousands of Greenville residents who seek second chances through United Ministries and their integrated services.



CresCom Foundation grant to help fund Greer’s Youth Police Academy

On Nov. 30, the Greer Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association (GCPAAA) accepted a $3,000 grant from the CresCom Bank Foundation to help fund the Summer Youth Police Academy for local middle school students. This program is meant to help instill good values in the community youth and teach lessons on becoming a part of the community in order to create more productive citizens. The grant will fund overall expenses of the program, which specifically will introduce middle school students to police operations, team building, and leadership skills.



North Greenville University provides Thanksgiving meal to community members in need

North Greenville University faculty, staff, and students showed their thankfulness by providing a Thanksgiving meal for those in need in the community. Each year during Homecoming week, NGU organizations choose a service project in order to make a difference in the Upstate, and this year the university chose to provide Thanksgiving meals for families from Tigerville Elementary School. The students collected canned foods, and the faculty provided turkeys. Thirty families in the Tigerville community were delivered turkeys and other sides so that they could have a Thanksgiving meal.





Awards continue for Greer High’s Virtual Enterprise program

The Greer High School Virtual Enterprise program brought home two awards from the VE Southern Regional Conference held in Tennessee. They competed against 112 schools from across the country and brought home first place in Salesmanship and second place in Commercial. Greer High teacher Brad Redd describes VE as “taking students out of the classroom and putting them into an office atmosphere.” The premise of the competition is for students to create a business and then run the day-to-day operations.



School accepting applications until Jan. 5

The South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities is open for applications from the public for its residential high school and summer programs for the 2018-2019 school year. As a state-funded public school, tuition is free, and students pay for a meal plan and residence hall fees. Scholarships are also available to cover these costs. Any South Carolina resident in sixth through 11th grade is eligible to apply to various programs in creative writing, dance, drama, music, and visual arts. The application deadline is Jan. 5, 2018, and students can apply at



Former principal JF Lucas honored

Former Greenville High School principal JF Lucas was honored with the dedication of a 7-foot-tall bronze sculpture of “The Raider” by Charles Pate Jr., which now stands on the front lawn of the historic campus on Vardry Street. Lucas spent 20 years at Greenville High as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, and principal from 1994 to 2014. Speakers at the dedication included principal Jason Warren; Drew Dezen, GHS class of 2007; and former GHS teacher Penny Beacham. Mayor Knox White and City Councilwoman Gaye Sprague honored Lucas with a mayoral proclamation that Nov. 8 is “JF Lucas Day.” “The Raider” sculpture was funded by students, parents, and alumni who valued Lucas’s dedication to Greenville High School and its student body.



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