The Vineyards is one of three Cliffs Communities on Lake Keowee. Located at the base of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in the Upstate of South Carolina, the Vineyards is one of two Cliffs Communities in Pickens County. CRO-Vineyards primarily supports “education” initiatives for elementary students and their families. The Vineyards CRO donors and volunteers initially directed their programs and support to Holly Springs Elementary School in Pickens County. When the Pickens County School District closed this school at the end of the 2015 school year, CRO-Vineyards transitioned its support to Pickens Elementary School. Beginning with the 2018-19 school year, CRO-Vineyards has expanded its support to include Hagood Elementary School. In total, CRO-Vineyards serves the needs of 1,000+ elementary students.
CRO Vineyards holds one annual fundraiser. All donations go directly to fund programs that benefit the children of the schools and local community. The CRO Vineyards Advisory Council approves an annual budget of approximately $60,000, the majority of which is allocated and directed to education in the two local Pickens county elementary schools we support. Disbursements over $500, are approved by the CRO Advisory Council. A monthly financial report is submitted to the CRO-Council and CRO corporate by the CRO Vineyards Treasurer.
Pickens Elementary School Principal and Assistant Principal attend 2018 Giving-Back-2-School Fundraiser
Working with the principals and guidance staff, an annual budget is planned. Funding is disbursed though out the school year in the following programs:
In addition to the programs above, volunteers also support the schools by providing hundreds of hours of assistance with:
Volunteer, Dick Bollman, assists Instructional Aid, Lori Durham, take school photos. The school takes its own photos as a way to make an annual tradition affordable for their students and families.
To understand the needs and opportunities at these two Pickens County elementary schools, it is helpful to understand a little about the student body. Both elementary schools are designated federal Title I schools:
A very large number of students get two of their meals each day from the schools, including during the summer. Additionally the schools facilitate aid and services for their students and families, from doctor/dental aid, emergency assistance to families, scholarships for field trips etc.
Pickens and Hagood Elementary Schools are located in the quaint, historical town of Pickens, SC approximately 20 miles from the Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards’ gatehouse.
The CRO Vineyards Advisory Council consists of volunteers for a minimum two-year term, up to six years total. All former Advisory Council members are welcomed as “volunteers for life” and continue to support CRO.
Just a short drive off of SC National Scenic Highway 11 and adjacent to the Blue Ridge Mountains, The Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards is located between Lake Jocassee (7,500 acres of water and 75 miles of shoreline) and Lake Keowee (18,500 acres of water and 300 miles of shoreline) in the golden corner of Upstate SC.