Kershaw County and Camden city councils designated September as National Literacy Month, and volunteers with the Kershaw County Literacy Association (KCLA) hope the community becomes more aware of the organization's programs and goals.
Thanks to a recent unanimous vote by the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees, two Columbia-based for-profit, after-school programs are able to use multipurpose rooms at Blaney and Doby's Mill elementary schools at reduced rates.
The Kershaw County School District (KCSD) currently has nine performance goals for its students. The goals are varied, and range from having every student in kindergarten through second grade performing math and reading on grade level by the end of the school year to having every high school student graduate with either a S.C. high school diploma or general equivalency diploma.
Santee Cooper provided hands-on experience in critical fields of the energy industry such as power generation and the development and use of renewable energy to a Kershaw County educator this summer as part of the 26th annual Energy Educators Institute series at the Wampee Conference Center in Pinopolis.
Blaney Elementary School third-graders – including Hunter Fogarty, Mason Woodberry, Preston Estep, Emily Gutierrez, Merah Hughes, Emily Vinson, Joseph Romero and Ethan Meeker, students in Jessica Frye's class -- were happy to share their first day's school lunch with their new resource officer, Officer Tony Wages (right) with the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office. Wages will be at each West Wateree elementary schools, teaching the "Too Good for Drugs and Too Good for Violence" curricula as well as getting to know his students informally. Three school resource officers are available to students through the Safe Schools/Healthy Students grant.
Kershaw County citizens age 65 years or older can receive lifetime Golden Circle passes that allow them to attend school-sponsored activities or athletic events free of charge. The passes are good from year to year. Admission to athletic playoffs is not included.