Focus on The Palmetto State

August 2014 at 9:30am  - Focus on the Palmetto State


LaurelVaughn caught up with Principal Jane Garraux at the new Fisher Middle School.  This new school is located on the CU-ICARcampus in Greenville. This is the first newly constructed Science, Technology,Engineering, ARTS, and Math (STEAM) Middle School in the Greenville CountySchool District. Fisher Middle School students will receive a rigorous,well-rounded education using an inquiry and project-based learning model.Fisher Middle School offers the traditional core courses, as well astraditional related arts courses. The building is designed around thiscurriculum and its structures support all aspects of our STEAM curriculum. Thebuilding is designed into nine learning communities. A group of students willbe assigned to a learning community and will share the same math, EnglishLanguage Arts, science and social studies teachers. This learning community orteam concept allows for a small school, cohesive atmosphere for our students.Some amazing features include flexible learning spaces that can be easilyadapted based on the lesson, dry erase writable walls in all the learningcommunities, prototype galleries available to display student work, accessiblelabs on each floor, a TV Broadcasting studio and an art room with a kiln. FisherMiddle School opens for the 2014 " 2015 school year with approximately 340incoming sixth graders.



Nextup we spoke with Cathy Huffman, Upstate Area Coordinator for OperationChristmas Child. This is an outreach ministry of Samaritan's Purse that beganin 1993. Through the combined efforts and generosity of people in America,Australia, Austria, Canada, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand,Spain, Switzerland, and the U.K. The Upstate volunteer team for OperationChristmas Child works year round in Greenville, Laurens, Pickens, andSpartanburg counties to support the giving and collection of shoeboxgifts. Each November during National Shoebox Collection Week, churches andbusiness partners serve as collection centers across these four counties tomake it convenient for people to drop off shoeboxes.


Wespoke with Paul Callahan of Goodwill Industries. He is the Development Manager& Mud Run Race Director.  We also metRodney Dender, Sports Medicine Liaison with St.Francis Sports Medicine. The Goodwill Mud Run presented by St. FrancisSports Medicine is excited to announce that official registration has openedfor its 4th fall event to take place on Saturday, September 13, 2014, at SC-TAC.  Teams of four will run 3.5 miles whilenavigating 35 unique obstacles in this Marine Corps inspired course.

As in past events, the goal is to make the event an experiencefor everyone who comes out and in doing so support Goodwill Industries ofUpstate. Whether a participant is male or female, young or old, or an elite oraverage athlete, this event has something for everyone. There is alwaysexcitement and enthusiasm among our great participants.

We also spoke with Paulette Dunn, Head Hunger Fighterat Loaves and Fishes.  This organizationrescues food and delivers it directly to partner agencies at no charge.  In Greenville County alone, there are 61,280people who are food insecure.  That isdefined as the limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safefood. Loaves and Fishes go out every day to rescue food from local restaurantsand grocery stores.  They provide foodthrough a network of emergency food providers in Greenville County. Theseorganizations include food pantries, soup kitchens, shelter or residentialprograms, community centers and neighborhood distribution programs