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Middle school kids can become 'STARS'
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Middle school-aged students are the focus of a new summer safety program being launched by the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO). STARS Summer Camp will provide students with an affordable week-long camp focusing on age-appropriate public and personal safety topics.

Topics include:

• bullying/cyber-bullying;

• Internet safety;

• boater safety;

• fire safety;

• highway safety;

• basic first aid;

• alcohol and drug abuse prevention; and

• working a crime scene from the initial 911 call to the courtroom.

“This camp has been designed to not only be fun, but to instill some positive values in our students,” said Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews.

STARS is a cooperative effort. Participating agencies include:

• S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

• Local fire departments

• S.C. Highway Patrol

• Kershaw Health EMS

• Fifth Circuit Solicitor’s Office

KCSO School Resource Officers developed the STARS Summer Camp program and will lead the camps. The three, one-week camps will begin in July and will reach all areas of Kershaw County.

Camp dates are:

• July 11 – 15 at Continuous Learning Center

• July 18 – 22 at North Central High School

• July 25 – 29 at Lugoff-Elgin High School

Each camp will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day with breakfast, lunch and snacks included.

“In this tough economy, we recognize parents need a bargain,” said Kershaw County Sheriff Matthews. “That’s why the cost will only be $30 per child for ages 11 through 14.“

Registration forms are available at KCSO headquarters in Lugoff, Elgin Town Hall, Rabbitt’s Quick Stop (near North Central middle and high schools), Sandhills Bank (Bethune), Cassatt Country Store and the Kershaw County Government Center or online at and navigate to the Sheriff’s Office page events section.

For more information call the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office at 803-425-1512 and ask for: Lt. Rob Artlip, Deputy Rob Evans or Deputy Carl Olson.

Don’t delay in registering. There are a limited number of open seats available at each location.