Glenas Green scholarship honors longtime Greenwood educator

August 03, 2011

Glenas Green

Glenas Deloris Green

Family and friends of Glenas Deloris Green have created an endowed scholarship at Lander University honoring her 30 years as an educator and her compassionate, dedicated service to others. Green, who died in 2010 at age 60, graduated from Lander in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and went on to earn a master’s in elementary education in 1987.

During her career with Greenwood County School District 50, Green taught at four elementary schools. She was also a guidance counselor and assistant principal, and coordinator of Girl Power, a mentoring program for teenage girls, which she founded at Northside Middle School.

Green was active in the Greenwood County Education Association, Piedmont Reading Council, Phi Delta Kappa and the South Carolina Counseling Association.

She also stayed involved with her alma mater serving for two years as a member of Lander’s Alumni Association board.

Green was active in her church, Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Abbeville, where her husband, Rev. Alvin Green Sr., is pastor. She served as president of Little River Baptist Congress of Christian Education and the Minister’s Wives and Widows Alliance in Greenwood.

Green described his wife as “a special lady,” who was a committed educator and student advocate with an unwavering belief in the children whose lives she touched.

Last year on Aug. 7, which would have been her 61st birthday, friends, family, District 50 colleagues and others celebrated Glenas D. Green Community Action Day as proclaimed by Greenwood Mayor Welborn Adams. Dozens of people joined together and performed service projects benefiting several community agencies in Greenwood and Atlanta.

Her daughter, Dr. Keisha Green, and son Alvin Jr., said, “It was an occasion to remember our mother and be reinspired by the ways she enriched the lives of those around her as an educator and community leader.”

Because Keisha was finishing up her doctoral studies in Atlanta and other family commitments, the Greens were unable to plan a formal community birthday observance this year. However, the family encourages people to perform service projects on Aug. 7 and throughout the year to carry on Green’s legacy of service, and build momentum toward an organized communitywide observance next year.

Ralph Patterson, vice president of University Advancement at Lander, said, “The Glenas D. Green scholarship will be an ongoing memorial to her devotion to education and the mark she left on her students and the community.” The scholarship will be awarded to a minority student from Greenwood who meets specific academic requirements and will major in education at Lander.

For information about contributing to the Green scholarship, contact Lander’s University Advancement office at 864-388-8350.