A summer course expanding the arts is happily being taken by the students and being taught by the teachers at the M.B. Lee Middle School and the Kingstree’s Arts Magnet School in Hemingway, Williamsburg County, South Carolina. Duke Energy gave a $30,000 grant that provided the help needed to continue the arts, creative writing, and music education program through the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities (SCGSAH).
That outstanding program, the iGNITE Arts Program, furthers the local programs for those county students. Its purpose is to encourage students in the middle grades to identify with and explore their artistic voices, skills, and interests.
After the devastation of local flooding in October of 2015, Carol Baker of SCGSAH said that they wanted to give back, so the two schools partnered, and it resulted in the pilot program that has brought additional creative arts programs into the district.
Duke Energy’s funding will also allow SCGSAH to provide the supplies and staff necessary to establish new programs to benefit younger-grade students and to continue to develop creative programs that will support student growth in exciting and new ways that allow students to appreciate culture and art. They hope to include drama in the list of learning and teaching opportunities in the inspiring iGNITE program.