In Our Community: $10,000 grant, Presidential Scholar, and literacy award

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Meals on Wheels of Greenville receives grant from Bank of America

Meals on Wheels of Greenville recently received a $10,000 grant from Bank of America. The grant will be used to support technology maintenance and upgrades at Meals on Wheels. Many staff members’ laptops will be replaced.

“Ensuring the technology at Meals on Wheels of Greenville is properly maintained and updated is critical in maximizing efficiency for our staff and the clients we serve,” executive director Catriona Carlisle said in a news release. “This grant from Bank of America will support that initiative by replacing outdated technology and will allow us to safeguard our multiple database programs for client and volunteer services, along with donor relations. We are tremendously grateful for their generosity and support of our program.”

PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLAR

SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities announces 10th U.S. Presidential Scholar in the arts

Amber Magnuson. Photo provided.

Amber Magnuson, a creative-writing senior at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, was recently selected to join the 55th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars. As the Governor’s School’s 10th student to receive this honor since 2008, Magnuson will travel to Washington D.C. this month to participate in an original performance at the Kennedy Center. After graduation, she will attend Columbia University in New York.

“This is the highest national student honor for the arts in the United States, and we congratulate Amber for her outstanding achievements and the Creative Writing Department faculty for continuing to cultivate these exceptional students,” Dr. Cedric Adderley, Governor’s School president, said in a news release.

LITERACY AWARD

Local high school student receives national “180 Award” for outstanding achievement in literacy

Eastside High School student Knox Corey was recently named a recipient of the 2019 national “180 Student Awards.” The awards recognize 16 children in the United States who have overcome obstacles and have become successful learners. Learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt organized the 13th annual 180 Student Awards program. Corey’s teacher Venina Haley helped him uncover his love for books.

Corey improved his literacy skills and increased his Lexile score by 251 points in five months through the use of the READ 180 program. “My favorite class is world geography, and READ 180 has helped me in that class. When I read in front of the class I don’t have to stop and think about the words, I can finish clearly,” Corey said in a news release.

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