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KCSD gets $160,000 in grants for arts resources
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The S.C. Arts Commission (SCAC) and S.C. Department of Education (SCDE) recently awarded grants to provide close to $160,000 in additional resources for arts programs to the Kershaw County School District (KCSD).

According to a KCSD press release, an $18,792 SCAC grant will allow the district to pursue implementation of a five-year strategic plan created by a district steering committee with four major goals: 1) delivering comprehensive arts education for all students, 2) providing arts staff development for all teachers, 3) building community partnerships and 4) establishing proper facilities and resources for teaching and integrating the arts.

$140,197 worth of SCDE grants will provide a variety of arts-relating learning at 11 district schools.

Three schools -- Bethune and Blaney elementary schools and North Central Middle School -- each received a $4,000 SCDE Innovative Arts Works Grant to provide arts materials, schedule artists in residence and plan tours of area arts exhibits and museums.

Seven schools -- Camden, Doby’s Mill, Jackson and Pine Tree elementary schools; Camden Middle School; and Lugoff-Elgin and North Central high schools -- each earned a Distinguished Arts Program Grant to schedule artists in residence, enhance arts libraries, add outdoor musical playground equipment and provide arts materials.

Lugoff-Elgin Middle School received a $3,000 SCDE grant to develop a three- to five-year strategic plan.

According to KCSD Executive Director for Instructional Support Programs Alisa Taylor, these grants will strengthen the district’s already successful arts programs.

“Most recently, arts teachers are focusing on implementing the new South Carolina standards for visual and performing arts,” Taylor said in the press release. “Six of our schools now offer strings classes, including Camden Elementary, Doby’s Mill Elementary, Lugoff Elementary, Pine Tree Hill Elementary, Camden Middle and Leslie M. Stover Middle schools.”

Taylor also said that a much anticipated district show choir has begun preparing to perform for the community.

“In addition, arts teachers have expressed excitement over the increased allocation from the district for classroom art and music supplies, which will further enhance opportunities for artistic expression,” Taylor said.