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Chamber learns about JEEP
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With the help of the Safe Schools/Healthy Students Grant, local businesses can help make a difference in a Kershaw County student’s life.

That’s what Kershaw County School District Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan said during Thursday morning’s Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce board of directors meeting, encouraging local businesses to get involved with the Juveniles Experiencing Excellence Program (JEEP).

JEEP, Morgan said, is a nationally-regarded program that provides at-risk high school students with life skills training, academic support and job skills training.

“And part of this program is a paid 80-hour internship with a business. This program was acclaimed nationwide, but then it got chopped,” Morgan said, adding that the Safe Schools/Healthy Students grant has brought the program back to the county.

Morgan said that the JEEP program won’t cost employers anything, and there is no commitment beyond the 80 hours that the students will work. But among the benefits for young students, he said, is the opportunity for kids to go out into the workplace after they graduate from high school, armed with important job and interviewing skills.

“This is an opportunity to reach out to kids and turn their lives around,” he said. “And I’m just encouraging people in the community to get involved. It’s a really good program.”

In other news, Chamber Executive Director Liz Horton said most items on the second floor of the Robert Mills Courthouse, including railing, hardwood floors and tile, will be refurbished this week with proceeds from a $45,000 city of Camden accommodations tax grant.