The Kershaw County School District (KCSD) has been awarded a $21,438 grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission for the 2016-2017 school year. This support will allow the district to pursue implementation of the five-year strategic plan that was created by the district steering committee for the arts.
The strategic plan includes four major goals including delivering comprehensive arts education for all students, providing arts staff development for all teachers, building community partnerships and establishing proper facilities and resources for teaching and integrating the arts.
According to KCSD Executive Director for Instructional Support Programs Alisa Taylor, the school district already has successful arts programs across the school district. Recent efforts to upgrade resources have included repairing and replacing damaged band instruments at all high schools, buying new sound systems, purchasing chairs and acoustical shells for high school choral programs, investing in Kilns for two high schools, adding Orff instruments at elementary schools and funding a beginning strings program at Camden Elementary, Doby’s Mill Elementary, Lugoff Elementary and Pine Tree Hill Elementary.
“The SC Arts Commission grant will allow the school district to enhance arts programs at all of our schools, said Taylor. “This funding will allow the district to accomplish its mission with arts education to provide an artistically enriched educational environment in which all K-12 students explore, discover, express, create and succeed.”
The SC Arts Commission is the state agency charged with creating a thriving arts environment to benefit all South Carolinians. For more information, visit www.SouthCarolinaArts.com.