Friday afternoon, a woman left a message at my office for me to call her, as she had something urgent to discuss with me. I was on my way to the Cherokee Education Liftoff for KNOW(2) when I got the message and called her. In a very excited voice she began telling me about how much the KNOW(2) initiative had meant to her son and his children.
The sun-drenched lawn at Wofford College was transformed into a magical Fantasyland for the enjoyment of 400 disadvantaged children on Saturday. Children raced from sword fighting lessons with the daring street rat, "Aladdin," to story time with "Beauty and the Beast" heroine and bookworm, Belle.
Third grader Aiden Vinson was especially excited. Cowpens Elemenatary Principal Cindy Snead said the first words out of Vinson's mouth when he arrived at school that morning were "When does Boys and Girls Club start?" Vinson and 11 other students are the school's first club members. Cowpens Elementary School held the grand opening of a Boys and Girls Club on Tuesday.
Kudos to Spartanburg County Councilman O’Neal Mintz for his June 12 op-ed piece, “Upstate communities can learn from Belmont,” which outlined the benefits of planning for walkable communities. Councilman Mintz attended Upstate Forever’s recent field trip to Belmont, N.C., where he and other participants were inspired by that formerly fading mill town’s revival through policies and initiatives that support active living.
Over the past few months, writers from Charles Murray to Timothy Noah have produced alarming work on the growing bifurcation of American society. Now the eminent Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam and his team are coming out with research that’s more horrifying.
From left, Monee’ce Martin, Lincoln Fowler and Kierra Walker hold awards they received on Tuesday during the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Upstate Afterschool Showcase event at the Chapman Cultural Center.
Nightmarish clowns and acrobatic ninjas, plus a few film takes, were all that stood between O.P. Earle Elementary student Miccoa Rice and “The Holy Cupcake” this summer.
Greg Tolbert, director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Upstate, presented information to the Landrum City Council April 12 about a $628,125 investment in Landrum kids over the next four years.
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Upstate Held a ribbon cutting for its 15th club Tuesday at O.P. Earle Elementary School. Clubs at O.P. Earle in Spartanburg District 1 and Pacolet Elementary School in Spartanburg District 3 both opened at the beginning of the school year and are the first clubs in their respective school districts.