2017 July

July 26, 2017
Pee Dee students explore art in Ignite summer program (online article includes photos)
The News Journal

Children in the Boys & Girls Clubs in Hannah Pamplico and Hemingway spent a week exploring their artistic voices, interests and skills in Ignite, an outreach program hosted by the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities and funded by Duke Energy.

As a summer arts residency program, the Governor’s School provides the resources and teachers to develop and lead arts and culture education programs in areas of need across the state, usually with Boys & Girls Clubs and schools.

The purpose of the program is to ignite a passion for the arts in young students. This summer, approximately 100 Hannah Pamplico and Hemingway students learned how artists are inspired by the world around them, and how they include nature in their artistic processes.

They visited the Florence County Museum, where they dyed fabric with indigo and learned about the natural resources found in the Pee Dee area and around the world. During the week they also created short musical compositions based on nature, explored poetry through movement, and experimented with creating their own nature-inspired poems.

“I enjoyed learning about natural resources, and I love getting to learn about nature,” said one student, while another commented, “I enjoyed being at the museum where I learned so many new things!”

“These programs with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee are a cornerstone to a more expansive program in the region that includes a year-round partnership with the Williamsburg County School District,” said Carol Baker, SCGSAH outreach coordinator.

Funds provided by Duke Energy also allowed the Governor’s School to expand Williamsburg County programs into the summer months. “With Duke Energy’s support, we were able to help fill the school district’s needs for drama education and literacy development by providing highly specialized services to students in these areas this summer, including a two-week script writing workshop at Hemingway Middle School, and by developing a more expansive partnership with the South Carolina Arts Commission, a drama-based literacy program at Kenneth Gardner Elementary,” said Baker.

As part of the Governor’s School’s mission to serve as a resource to teachers and students in South Carolina, SCGSAH offers a comprehensive series of outreach programs, like Ignite, designed to bring together artists, educators, community organizations, and students. These initiatives seek to match the school’s resources with the needs and interests of schools and partners statewide.

Located in Greenville, the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities (SCGSAH) cultivates young artists from across the state through pre-professional training in the areas of creative writing, dance, drama, music and visual arts. As a public, residential high school, serving juniors and seniors, students refine their talents in a master-apprentice community while receiving a nationally recognized academic education. Summer programs are available to rising 7th-12th grade students, and SCGSAH serves as a resource to all teachers and students in South Carolina, offering comprehensive outreach programs designed to bring together artists, educators, community organizations and schools. www. scgsah.org.


July 19, 2017
Boys & Girls Clubs add hot meals (online article includes photos)
Brenda Harrison, Editor of The News Journal

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee implemented a change to its food program in Florence last week. They began serving hot meals in Florence and Hartsville a couple of times a week, complementing the usual sandwiches.

Tuesday was the first day for hamburgers, grilled on site, and the kids were pretty excited. On Thursday, they got hot dogs.

Also on Tuesday, July 11, representatives from the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Services stopped by, along with local dignitaries, for the Second Annual Summer Food Service Program Tour.

The purpose of the tour is to raise awareness about the Summer Food Service Program and cultivate local community advocates for the program that provides up to two free meals a day to youths and teens, ages 18 and younger, says Ashley Page, End Child Hunger SC community organizer. During the week-long tour, eight different sites in eight counties, along with sponsors were highlighted. Visitors had the opportunity to observe the meal service and participate in activities with youth.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee have provided over 14,000 lunches and over 12,500 breakfasts at its 12 sites during the month of June, said director Neal Zimmerman. During the school year it provides snacks and supper for youth in the after-school programs.

Zimmerman said hot meals will also be served in the other 10 sites.

Kids eat for free. The USDA reimburses the Boys & Girls Clubs for the food cost.


July 17, 2017
W. Lee Flowers and Co. donates $17,000 to Lake City Boys & Girls Club
Shamira McCray, Morning News

July 16, 2017
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Pee Dee Area to honor Rob Colones
Katrina Moses, Morning News

July 11, 2017
Tour stop raises awareness of child hunger in Florence
Rebecca Cross, Morning News

July 11, 2017
Florence Boys & Girls Club partnering to feed children this summer
Tonya Brown, WPDE

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