In Our Community: Farm to Belly, Holiday Open House, and more

Farm to Belly recently celebrated its award at Parker Head Start where children enjoyed a food market with their families. Photo provided.


Farm to Belly program changes pediatric eating patterns in Greenville youth

Farm to Belly, a unique program designed to curb childhood obesity by changing eating patterns in over 450 families, recently won the 2018 Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award and received $5,000. Hoping to expand throughout the state, the program is a collaboration between Children’s Hospital of Greenville Health System, Feed & Seed, and SHARE Head Start. Presented by Furman University’s Riley Institute and South Carolina Future Minds, the award honors education initiatives that improve Upstate students’ lives. Farm to Belly provides preschoolers’ families with weekly recipe bags to cook together as a family and count as homework. 

The participating preschoolers are students at North Franklin Head Start, Easley Bridge Head Start, Watkins Road Head Start, and Parker Head Start. Farm to Belly lasts for seven months during the school year.

“The future of Farm To Belly is bright,” program creator Kerry McKenzie said in a news release. “It’s important to expose children to healthy options early in life with the hopes that healthy habits become a preference.” Farm to Belly recently celebrated at Parker Head Start, where children enjoyed a food market with their families.

Augusta Road’s holiday tradition celebrates over 30 years 

The Augusta Road Business Association will hold its annual Holiday Open House from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18. Participating businesses will have offerings for all ages, including carriage rides, hot cocoa, door prizes, holiday treats, s’mores, gift ideas for Christmas, and visits with Santa.

The event was started in the 1980s and has grown over the years. Attendees can snap selfies and post them on Instagram by tagging @onlyonaugusta and #hohonaugusta2018 to win over $500 worth of gift certificates to businesses along Augusta Road.

Augusta Road Business Association celebrates this kickoff each year by helping a fellow Augusta Road organization. This year participants will be setting out donation boxes to help the Samaritan House, which coordinates the solicitation, collection, organization, management, and distribution of food and clothing to Augusta Road residents in need.

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Patrick Square to sponsor game-day transportation for veterans and active-duty military

In celebration of Military Appreciation Day, veterans and active-duty military personnel may receive free shuttle service to and from the Nov. 17 Clemson vs. Duke game. One military rider and a guest may receive the complimentary service, which is offered by reservation. The shuttle will leave from the Patrick Square Welcome Center at state Highway 123 and Issaqueena Trail in Clemson. Free parking for riders will be available at the Town Center. Reservations can be made by calling 864-643-0600. 

“The Patrick Square community is proud to be the home of several veteran residents and our inn has also frequently welcomed military guests and their families,” Patrick Square co-developer Mike Cheezem said in a news release. “We are honored to present this small token of appreciation for their service and sacrifice, as well as to recognize Clemson’s rich military history.”


Southeast Center for Photography partners with two local universities

In addition to its partnership with Furman University, the Southeast Center for Photography announced partnerships with both The South Carolina School of the Arts at Anderson University and Bob Jones University’s art of photography class. The partnerships will provide university students with an improved photography-education experience. The partnership will provide more resources to students desiring a focus in photography. 

Michael Pannier, director of the Southeast Center for Photography, will teach students studio lighting and techniques, as well as how to plan exhibits, communicate with other artists, and support themselves financially through photography. Students will also have the opportunity for internships and participation in juried shows.

“I always look for opportunities to help young photographers develop the skills they need to succeed outside the classroom,” Pannier said in a news release.


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