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New faces at Third Street

Have you ever wondered how a gap in your life would be filled?  Maybe a lack in friendships, purpose, or life skills.  Sometimes that happens to us with people.  How do we fill those gaps? Walter following God's leading off staff has left a gap.  Additionally, during...

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1st Annual Fall Festival

This past Saturday afternoon, we hosted our First Annual Fall Festival!  It's always fun to host constructive environments to build lasting relationships.  We had an outstanding number of donations, volunteers, and attendees.  We are so thankful for the support we...

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What’s not to love? – After-School Programming

At approximately 2:30 pm on any given day of the week at TSEC, things start to look a little different.  Here's a quick rundown of what that experience is like: You begin to hear students chattering, volunteers entering the doors, and Mrs. Sandy Williams giving...

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Thriving at TSA

We love hearing and sharing stories of transformation. Here are a few words from Angela Grillo, Zachary's mother. "I was looking through Zachary´s folder today from school and it made me reflect on the how different this school year is for Zachary.  Last year, Zachary...

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Passing the Baton

Executive Director Transition Sustainable ministry is a relay race.  Time and time again we see this in the Bible.  Moses passed the baton to Joshua, Elijah passed the baton to Elisha, Jesus passed the baton to his disciples, Paul passed the baton to Timothy, and so...

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Life Changing Opportunity – Jolyn Bass

When moving to Greenville, NC in August 2013, I had no idea what was in store for me during the years to come.  After hearing about and visiting Covenant Church, Third Street Community Center was soon on my radar.  The first time I visited the center was to help Tonya...

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The Birth of Logan – Heather Timberlake

Neil Jernigan Photography On August 30th, our lives changed forever.  We woke up at 5 am, unable to sleep any longer, anticipating the birth of our baby.  The plan was that I would be induced that day.  It was 4 days past his due date and we were ready to meet him....

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Called by God – Megan Groves

I spent Spring Break 2017 giving piggyback rides, getting buried in wood chips, playing games of tag where I somehow always ended up “it”; and I had an incredible time. The boys of Third Street Academy and the staff that work so hard to create a bright and better...

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ECU Student Athletes Donate to Third Street

Thursday before the opening game, I got an email from Danielle with ECU Athletics about an opportunity.  Little did I know, 48 hours later we would end up in the ECU football field receiving a giant $5,000 check!  What a surprise! It turns out, ECU Student Athletes...

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One person can build a shed…

Impacting the community. That’s just one of the goals of Third Street Education Center. We value the importance of providing constructive atmosphere during after-school hours not only for our students, but also all students of the Greenville community. Our...

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New School Year, New Smile – Kristel Coward

First day of school. The start of a new school year comes with new opportunities, new experiences, new smiles, and new expectations. Meet Third Street Academy’s new K-3 Assistant Teacher, Kristel Coward. Here are some things to know about her: Born and raised in...

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The First Two Weeks – Troy Milburn

To help give everyone a glimpse into the everyday life of Third Street Academy, I asked Troy Milburn to share his thoughts: "My first two weeks of school as a teacher is much different for students. For myself, I need to make sure the classroom is in order. My tables...

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From Awareness to Advocacy

Just take a moment before reading the rest of this blog and ask yourself the question, “What are the great things going on at Third Street Education Center?” Now take a minute and think of how you would answer that question.  Got it?  Awesome,...

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Why We Partner – Jennifer Orr

Giving in some capacity has always been part of our marriage, and I credit my husband with setting that standard when we met. As we started a family and became more firmly planted in our own church and community, the opportunities to give also increased, and we found...

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This Is Where You Belong – Donald Pilgreen

In preparing for my move to Greenville from Raleigh, my fiancé and I were insistent on making connections in service work in the area. After a lifetime of struggles with addiction and alcoholism, service to others and God seemed to be the answer and key to my success...

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When Plans Change

Have you ever had God throw a wrench in your plans? Yeah, me too.  Usually, it is not a fun experience.  It can throw you off your game and disrupt your rhythm.  This summer at Third Street, we felt a wrench hit the gears.  Due to a need to refocus my (Nathan’s) time...

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Wisdom from the Front – Donna Watford

If you have been to Third Street Education Center during the school day in the past year, odds are you have met Donna. Donna is remarkable.  She is far more than a kind greeter and gatekeeper.  She is developing policies and systems for us to bring us to our best....

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Jesus is the line leader.

17 days. There are 17 days with my boys left until summer break. As a teacher, this brings a mixed bag of emotions. In the spirit of honesty, I can’t wait to turn off my alarm clock for a few days and my boys are ready to be free of school work and take a...

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On Earth as it is in Heaven – Rob Moloney

The words “… on earth as it is in heaven...” are inscribed on the wall at the main entrance of Third Street Education Center.  Third Street is a place where heaven comes to earth; it is a place where individuals put aside their personal interests to serve others,...

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A Prayer Walk Through The Neighborhood: Sandy Williams.

One cool Saturday morning in early fall, a group of eager college students munched on bagels as they listened to the different volunteer opportunities during the Third Saturday of Service.  When given a choice, they decided to pick vegetables from the garden and...

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