McDonald’s helps local employee earn high school diploma
Alicia Boatwright recently received her high school diploma through the Archways to Opportunity Career Online High School program. Archways to Opportunity is a comprehensive education strategy with multiple programs that give McDonald’s employees opportunities that range from finishing high school to earning an associate or bachelor’s degree or even learning English. Since the launch in April 2015, more than 5,000 restaurant employees in the U.S. have enrolled in the program.

South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities
Students’ community service celebrated
Students in the Connecting Arts Through Service Club at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities were honored in a service recognition program for volunteering more than 700 hours with more than 20 nonprofit groups and organizations this school year. The C.A.T.S. Club was developed to provide opportunities for students to use their skills and knowledge in real-life situations while developing a sense of social awareness, responsibility, and leadership. Students have taken on projects and partnerships that address the environment, at-risk children, the elderly, homelessness, hunger, disaster relief, and literacy.

The Chandler School

The Chandler School is proud of their four eighth-grade graduates this year. From left to right: Will Cobb, Brooke Moore, and James Daughtry. (Not pictured: Matthew Parcell.)


Wofford College
Three honorary degrees awarded at graduation
J. Harold Chandler, president and CEO of Spartanburg-based Milliken & Co., delivered Wofford College’s commencement address. Honorary degrees were presented to Chandler as well as to South Carolina poet Nikky Finney and Spartanburg philanthropist Susan Phifer “Susu” Johnson.


The Children’s Museum of the Upstate receives $50,000 grant from Duke Energy Foundation
The Children’s Museum of the Upstate (TCMU) recently received a $50,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation that will allow it to deliver technology and engineering-based lessons and materials to schools and community facilities across the Upstate. The grant will be allocated to the Museum’s outreach program, TCMU on the Go, a mobile version of TCMU designed to meet students where they are, whether it be in classrooms, afterschool programs, or community events.


Opening of Spirit of Survivorship Bridge at the Cancer Survivors Park (CSP)
Cancer Survivors Park recently celebrated the Spirit of Survivorship Bridge with a private ribbon cutting ceremony and donor walk across the bridge. Included in the walk were J.L. Mann and Greenville High School student leaders, principals, and school-related donors for their combined 2013 Spirit Week Contribution of over $500,000 to name the bridge. Attendees carried a “Stand Up to Cancer” sign with names of survivors they celebrate as they crossed the bridge. The bridge and trail will be open to the public on weekends only.

Photo provided by Tyler Smith


Hartness announces half marathon and 5K to benefit A Child’s Haven
Hartness recently announced they will be hosting an inaugural cross-country style half marathon and 5K race on Oct. 7, 2017. The race will be held to benefit A Child’s Haven, an organization that provides care and education to children with developmental delays due to limited resources, abuse, or neglect. The race will be held on the grounds of the Hartness Property, where an iconic community is being built only 15 minutes from downtown Greenville. The race will be conducted on private roads, off-road pathways, and grass trails throughout the property.

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