The South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics Foundation (GSSM-F) recently received a $5,000 investment from the Duke Energy Foundation in support of satellite summer day camps offered by the GSSM Center for Science Education & Outreach to middle school students from across Greenville County. Duke Energy’s donation supports iTEAMS Xtreme: Next Generation, an interactive experience focused on science, technology, and robotics, and CREATEng, a project-based camp designed to encourage students to apply principles of engineering design to solve daily challenges. In addition to summer camp support across the state, Duke Energy also made an investment in the expansion of GSSM’s Accelerate virtual engineering program, bringing the total investment to $37,500.
In May, Spinx held its 17th Annual Charity Classic Golf Tournament. The tournament raised a total of $185,809, which will be distributed to five local charities whose work aligns with Spinx’s charitable mission: “Spinx & Kids: Mind, Body & Spirit. Growing healthy kids where we live, work, and play!” The 2017 beneficiaries include the American Red Cross of the Upstate, American Red Cross of the Lowcountry, Safe Harbor, Ronald McDonald House of the Carolinas, and Harvest Hope Food Bank. These generous donations will allow the charities to better serve their communities.
GREENVILLE TECHNICAL CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL
Gaye Sprague read the oath of office to newly elected and appointed Board of Directors members of Greenville Tech Charter High School on the Greenville Tech Campus. Elected members of South Carolina’s first public charter school are Brian Smith, Ginger Cone, Zackary Johnson and Uta Samuel. Appointed BOD member is Brian Miller, Esq. Vice Mayor Pro Tem Sprague congratulated the group on their dedication to public education in South Carolina.
SUMMIT DRIVE ELEMENTARY
To help Greenville students, WYNIT has joined the Make Summer Count program and adopted Summit Drive Elementary School. Make Summer Count is a reading initiative organized by Public Education Partners of Greenville County. The program provides high-need students and families with resources and opportunities to encourage reading through the summer. Summer reading is critical to educational development. Research shows that reading proficiency, particularly for lower income students, declines in the summer. Between grades one and six, it is possible a student could lose as much as a year and a half of reading ability through the summer months alone. The WYNIT volunteers who committed to participating received special training on leading reading groups of children earlier in June. A total of 20 WYNIT staffers are volunteering with the program and will be working with other schools on reading nights throughout the summer.