A Second Chance at Life
Paris Elementary Cafeteria Manager Jacque Holliday went to the doctor three years ago thinking she had had an allergic reaction. She was treated with histamines, but four weeks later she felt worse than ever. Then her skin turned yellow, which led to more doctors’ visits. A biopsy revealed the sobering truth that Jacque had malignant ampullary cancer.
“I ended up having the Whipple Procedure, one of the most severe surgeries you can have,” she explained. “The doctor showed me what he was going to remove and how he was going to reconnect everything. It was scary. I had never been through a process like this, and I had never been that close to death before.”
Jacque’s family, friends and coworkers became her prayer warriors. One of her family members came up with the mantra, Pray. Fight. Win. “We needed something to hold on to. We were praying for a miracle, and fighting to beat cancer, and we were fighting to win,” she said.
Jacque has served as the school’s cafeteria manager for 18 years, following in her mother’s footsteps as cafeteria manager for 11 years. Jacque, her mother, and her daughter, Haley (a teacher at Duncan Chapel Elementary) live near the school and all attended Paris. Jacque’s mom graduated from the school in 1957, which at that time served students in first through twelfth grades.
“When I was going through recovery, I would drive by the school and it would break my heart to know I wasn’t there with them. Who would open their milk and string cheese or tie their shoes?” she said. “The students sent me hundreds of cards and letters, and some even texted me. It made my recovery a lot more bearable.”
Principal David Wise sings Jacque’s high praises. “With all that she has been through, she continues to have such a positive attitude. She looks at the cafeteria as her cafeteria and the students as her children,” he said. “This is where she belongs and what she was made to do. The smile that is always on her face shines from the light inside.”
Today, Jacque’s prognosis is very positive. She still goes for frequent blood work and steady visits to her oncologist. “I don’t know why I’m still here, but I know the Lord has something more for me to do,” she said with a grateful smile.
First-Year Teachers Survive First Semester!
We are following four first-year teachers and telling their stories throughout the year. We visited their classrooms again in January for a mid-year update. Read how they are adapting to the fast-paced world of being a teacher.
Success On and Off the Field!
The South Carolina High School League and National Coaches Association for Track and Cross Country have recognized some outstanding staff members for their accomplishments.
Cathie Storey Named SC Nurse Administrator of the Year
Cathie Storey, GCS Coordinator of Health Services, has been named South Carolina Nurse Administrator of the Year by SCDHEC and the State Department of Education. Nurse Storey coordinates health services for more than 90 schools and supervises 150 school nurses who provide services to Greenville County Schools’ 76,000 students. Under her leadership, the district has achieved the national average of one nurse for every 750 students. She played an integral role in securing a much-needed pay increase for nurses, and two years ago she hired four float nurses to help cover schools when nurses are absent. “Our nurses work in an environment that’s like an emergency room with no doctor,” she said. “That is why we look for someone who can react quickly and calmly in a serious situation.”
GCS Schools, Departments Recognized by United Way
Did you know that 68 schools, 10 departments, and the district were recognized by The United Way of Greenville County for increased participation in and contributions to the 2015 campaign? With more than $621,000 in donations, we are among the top five companies in Greenville County and are ranked number nine among the nation's 13,500 school districts for giving. Congratulations!
SC State Health System Benefits
for State Health Plan Members.
BlueShield has expanded its health management programs to include
coaching services in the areas of metabolic health, severe back pain,
behavioral health, and other areas. You can find more information about
the health management programs available to State Health Plan members
Heart Health Information for State Health Plan Members. February is American Heart Month. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, can be a silent, symptomless killer. People can live with hypertension for years and not be aware that it is damaging their organs and blood vessels. The good news is that exercise, good nutrition, regular cholesterol checks, and regular blood pressure checks can help you reduce your risks for heart disease. If you’re struggling with high blood pressure, learn more about your heart health and get information on heart-related screenings by visiting www.StateSC.SouthCarolinaBlues.com. Click on Health & Wellness, then Live Healthy, then check out the Live Healthy Archives. State Health Plan members can also get on-the-go health information sent to your mobile phone through Member Messaging by dialing 844-284-5417.
Scholarship Golf Tournament Applications Available
from Greenville County Schools’ 2015 Scholarship Golf Tournament will
fund 2016-17 post-secondary scholarships for this year’s high school
seniors attending GCS high schools and charter schools that participated
in this school year’s tournament.
Half of the scholarships
are designated for children of permanent full- or part-time district
Both $1,500 and $900 scholarships will be awarded. Applications
must be completed and returned by Friday, March 4, 2016 to the
student’s guidance counselor. Please click
for student eligibility guidelines and application.
$2,500 are available for the purpose of engaging children in
inquiry-based projects in the STEM field. Projects should use
innovation, biomimicry/nature-based design, or new uses for technology
to address community environmental issues. Applicant must create an
online account to apply. To access the online application, click
Deadline: March 15, 2016. Contact:
Grant Writer, 355-3113.
Healthy Living Tips
You Are What You Diet.
goal established, it is time to build a plan to eat better, lose weight
and maintain a healthier lifestyle. So what's the most important part of
the plan? The most important part of it is the food. People powerfully
overrate the impact of fitness and underrate the importance of the diet.
Golden Apple Rewards Discount Program
GCS employees can use your school/district photo ID to receive discounts from local businesses through the Golden Apple Rewards Employee Discount Program and for free admittance to school-sponsored events. Discounts with local businesses are listed in the Employee Discount booklet that is distributed in January. The booklet is also posted in the Employee section of the GCS website and is online at www.goldenapplerewards.com. Access discounts on the go from your Smartphone or tablet by visiting www.goldenapplerewards.com. If you want to stay informed about new businesses being added to the program, be sure to click "Subscribe for Updates" on the website.
Dates to Remember
College Financial Aid Workshops
- Thursday, February 18 - 6:00 PM - Greer High
- Thursday, February 25 - 6:00 PM - Travelers Rest High
Monday, February 29 - Leap Day
Sunday, March 13 - Daylight Savings Time Starts (Spring Forward)
Monday, March 28 - Friday, April 1 - Spring Break
Friday, April 22 and Monday, April 25 are makeup dates for the days missed in January.
Earn Extra Credit! Take the Greenville Federal Credit Union Quiz
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December 2015 Winners
Martha Lindsey, School Secretary at Slater-Marietta Elementary, and Janet Sijon, School Nurse at Eastside High, were our lucky winners in December. Thank you for reading Enlighten and submitting your entry!
The deadline to submit an application for a GCS Scholarship Golf Scholarship is:
A) Friday, March 4
B) Saturday, March 5
C) Sunday, March 6
As part of Heart Health Month in February, BCBS members can get information on heart-related screenings by visiting:
A) Publix Supermarkets
B) Atlanta, Georgia
Makeup dates for days missed in January are:
A) Friday, April 22
B) Monday, April 25
C) Both A and B
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