In our Community: STEAM Day; St. Anthony School; Homes of Hope; and more

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About 2,500 Upstate students attended STEAM Day hosted by the Greenville Swamp Rabbits and presented by SYNNEX Corporation. Photo provided.

GRANT

Greenville organization receives grant from TD Bank to develop local affordable housing 

Homes of Hope Inc. was named the winner of the TD Charitable Foundation’s 2018 Housing for Everyone competition. The theme of the 2018 competition was Expansion of Access to Affordable Housing. Homes of Hope plans to use the grant to develop a community of homeowners and affordable single-family rental homes for seniors. TD Bank’s giving arm awards grants of $125,000 each to organizations striving to expand and maintain affordable housing in their community. 

The foundation awarded 25 organizations throughout TD Bank’s footprint from Maine to Florida a total of $3.125 million.

“The winners of this year’s Housing for Everyone competition embody the ready commitment pillar of financial security,” Lisa Gruner, head of social impact and TD Charitable Foundation, said in the release. “TD is honored to fund these organizations’ projects which will help to increase financial wellness to families and individuals across our footprint.”

CHARITY

Meals on Wheels of Greenville receives $50,000 from Gran Fondo Hincapie-Greenville

George Hincapie, Rich Hincapie, Christian Vande Velde, and the Hincapie Sportswear team served as volunteers to package meals for Meals on Wheels of Greenville and present the organization with the 2018 Gran Fondo Hincapie-Greenville proceeds. The $50,000 check honors 50 years of Meals on Wheels and will provide 10,000 meals for Greenville individuals in need. Gran Fondo Hincapie-Greenville has benefitted Meals on Wheels for six years, with gifts totaling $177,000.

“Meals on Wheels has been a major partner of ours for years,” George Hincapie said in the release. “We began working with them in 2012 during our second Gran Fondo event, and ever since, they have been instrumental as volunteers and supporters of the ride. We really appreciate all Meals on Wheels has done for our community, so we think it’s important to give back — especially in celebration of their 50th year.”

EDUCATION

St. Anthony School earns S.C. Farm to School certification

St. Anthony School has earned the South Carolina Farm to School Certification, a partnership between the federal Department of Agriculture and state Department of Education. The program recognizes and promotes schools that use goods from local, certified S.C. Grower Farms and are interested in growing their own food for school meals. For more than a year, St. Anthony School has used local, certified growers. 

Students enjoy hydroponic lettuce from Cedar Creek Farm and Nursery in Sunset, microgreens from Swamp Rabbit Cafe & Grocery, fresh fruit from Marvin Produce, and fresh fruit and vegetables from Senn Brothers of Columbia as part of their school meals. Cafeteria manager Cheryl Bailey has worked hard to help achieve this recognition. St. Anthony School looks forward to their continued partnership with local farmers, incorporating their products into school meals, integrating agricultural educations into the classroom, and cultivating a school garden.

Students get hands-on learning experience at Greenville Swamp Rabbits STEAM Day

About 2,500 Upstate students attended STEAM Day hosted by the Greenville Swamp Rabbits and presented by Synnex Corp. The special day was designed to give first- through eighth-graders hands-on learning in the areas of science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics. Makerspace/STEAM activities and demonstrations were featured from various companies showcasing virtual reality, 3D printing, and robotics. 

The Children’s Museum of the Upstate and the Greenville County Soil and Water Conservation District were also at the event to teach students. The Flash 1319 FIRST Robotics Competition team from Mauldin High School and a FIRST Tech Challenge team from Columbia demonstrated a Frisbee disc-throwing robot.

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