SPARTANBURG — The SC School for the Deaf and the Blind Board of Commissioners has presented its Charitable Giving Award to Mrs. Barbara Harter Rippy of Union. The Charitable Giving Award recognizes an individual or organization that has provided financial support to the school at a leadership level.
As a member of the Union Lions Club for more than 30 years, Mrs. Rippy has been a longtime supporter of the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind. In 2017, she and her financial advisor, Mr. Larry Craine of Wells Fargo Investments, discussed making a significant contribution to the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind Foundation. The resulting donation supported the new School for the Blind Outdoor Recreational and Learning Park that includes the Rippy Pavillion. The pavilion ensures that students with light sensitivity have a sheltered area to enjoy the outdoors and provides space for outdoor fine arts and classroom activities.
Mrs. Rippy also established a scholarship that will be presented annually to a graduating senior who plans to pursue a degree in science. Mrs. Rippy established the scholarship to honor her late husband’s love of science. Dr. Bobby Gene Rippy served as a pharmacist for more than 40 years. He and Mrs. Rippy owned and operated Smiths Drug Store in Union for 34 years.
The first Dr. Bobby Gene and Barbara Harter Rippy Scholarship was awarded to Tiffany Diaz-Rivera who plans to attend the University of South Carolina Upstate and major in biology. Her long-term plans are to go into the field of genetics.
About The SC School for the Deaf and the Blind
The SC School for the Deaf and the Blind is the state’s specialized school for students who are deaf or blind. It offers pre kindergarten-grade 12 educational programs on its main campus in Spartanburg and specialized vision and hearing services in school districts and homes throughout the state. Visit www.scsdb.org for more information.
About The SC School for the Deaf and the Blind Foundation
The SC School for the Deaf and the Blind Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to securing resources that enable the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind to achieve its mission and goals. For more information, visit www.scsdbfoundation.org or call 864-577-7583.