2020-21 Nonprofit Youth Enrichment Grants Awarded

The Camden Junior Welfare League has awarded grants totaling $5,000 to three nonprofits serving the youth of Kershaw County. Grants were awarded as follows:


Arts Center of Kershaw County/Kershaw County Music Association - Funding a student scholarship to the Brevard Music School in 2021.

Boys & Girls Club of Kershaw County - Funding the purchase of COVID safety supplies at their ten Be Great Academy after school programs within Kershaw County schools.

Truth in Nature - Funding the purchase of fishing and cooking supplies to be used during activities that support boys and young men from single-parent households in Kershaw County.

Fall Classroom Grants Awarded

The Camden Junior Welfare League has awarded Fall Classroom Enrichment Grants to eleven Kershaw County School District educators, in nine schools within the district, totaling nearly $5,000. Grants were awarded for the purposes of supporting student enrichment in math, language and writing, arts, life skills and leadership, physical education, and STEAM. The following grants were awarded:

Koehler Beard, Leslie M. Stover Middle School – Funding the purchase of a classroom set of novels with age-appropriate format and characters for middle school students with special learning needs to practice reading while staying engaged in the material. 
Arisleida De Guzman, Camden High School – Funding the food preparation portion of the functional curriculum for students with moderate disabilities, in order to obtain the skills and experience to reach a maximum level of independence. 
Lynley Jones-Blankenship, Continuous Learning Center (CLC) – Funding the purchase of flexible seating in the virtual lab, to allow high school students to remain engaged while working towards their diplomas.  
Dana Sims, Jackson Elementary School – Funding the purchase of C-Pen Readers for a special education classroom, supporting students as they practice reading by displaying word definitions and reading text aloud.  
Amy McSwain, Lugoff Elgin Middle School – Supporting the construction of an outdoor playground to allow students in a special education classroom movement breaks that focus on balance, gross and fine motor skills, communication and social skills. 
Christi Bigony, Doby's Mill Elementary School – Funding a “smart garden” that grows flowers, herbs, and vegetables in the classroom, supporting student scientific inquiry development with hands-on activities with visible results. 
Dianne Farlett, Midway Elementary School – Supporting the purchase of books for the new “Bobcat Books” vending machine, supplying books to take and keep at home as a reward for students who display good reading habits.  

Sherri Johnson, West Wateree Early Learning Academy - Supporting the creation of an outdoor classroom in order to engage preschool children in real world learning about nature and plant growth.  
Amanda Raper, Doby's Mill Elementary School – Funding the purchase of reusable Makedo Invent Classroom sets to encourage students in all grade levels to use their imagination and creativity while participating in hands-on science investigations and engineering challenges in the STEAM Lab. 
Kimm Mack, Jackson Elementary School – Funding the purchase of problem solving tools which students will use to collaborate, apply math strategies and engage in writing activities to promote problem solving.
Christina Absher, Pine Tree Hill Elementary School – Funding the creation of an outdoor classroom learning environment for teachers and students to utilize in small groups to minimize the spread of COVID-19. 

Spring 2020 Classroom Enrichment Grants

North Central Middle School - Supporting a field trip for 8th graders to the SC State House in Columbia.

Blaney Elementary School - Supporting a new reading series in 3rd grade, "Rooted in Reading". 

Midway Elementary School - Supporting a 4th grade classroom library. 

North Central High School - Supporting a series of independent life skill field trips for a Moderate Intellectual Disability Self-Contained Class. 

Lugoff-Elgin High School - Supporting the trip of the Special Olympics Unified Basketball team to the state competition on March 14th in Columbia.

Lugoff Elementary School - Supporting a multisensory program for speech therapy in small groups or in classrooms. 

Wateree Elementary School - Supporting the Cardinals Coffee Cart, a project that teaches students with moderate intellectual disabilities various functional skills. 
Doby's Mill Elementary School - Supporting the purchase of multi-leveled book sets for all second grade classrooms to use. 

Lugoff-Elgin Middle School - Supporting projects for 6th and 8th grade students to learn about 3-D design and printing. 

Leslie M. Stover Middle School - Supporting the "Story Time with Communication Boards" program for self-contained speech/language students.

Lugoff-Elgin High School - Supporting a hands on activity to be used while students learn about the atomic spectra. 

Lugoff Elementary School - Supporting the creation of an "math detectives" activity to help students master math skills in a fun, engaging way. 

Camden High School - Supporting the first annual Girl Power Summit at CHS, which includes enrichment programs for young women to achieve excellence in social skills, leadership skills, and personal development.

Jackson Elementary School - Supporting the creation of innovative homework strategy kits for 3rd grade, to engage parents and reinforce skills and concepts being taught in the classroom.


The CJWL was also able to connect one teacher with a local business to help supply some of the materials requested in the project application. 

2019-2020 Nonprofit Youth Enrichment Grant Awards

Arts Center of Kershaw County - Once Upon a Mattress

Kershaw County Music Association - Annual Brevard Music Institute Scholarship

Mt. Moriah Outreach - Mid-school year book bag and school supply drive

Fall 2019 Classroom Enrichment Grants Awarded

BriAnna Alexander, Baron DeKalb Elementary School, Leveled Library; Stephanie Beckley, Camden Elementary School, Excellent Enrichment; Patricia Dixon, Jackson Elementary School, STEAMing for a Healthy Earth; Rhonda Eckenroth, Lugoff Elgin Middle School, Math Intervention; Dianne Farlett, Midway Elementary School, Early Literacy Storytime; Kathryn Faz, Camden High School, Art Cart; Lisa McClain, Doby's Mill Elementary School, Let's Learn to Play; 

Amy McSwain, Lugoff Elgin Middle School, Unified PE/Sports; Ashley Middleton, Lugoff Elgin High School, Sensory Through the Arts; Kailey Mitchell, Camden Elementary School, Building Literacy Centers; Susan Morris, Lugoff Elementary School, PE Mats; Dana Sims, Bethune Elementary School, Seeds to Greens; Kim Stokes, Leslie M. Stover Middle School, Tigers L.E.A.D. (Leadership Exploration and Development) by Doing Great Deeds; Renee Thompson, Camden Elementary School, Switch on Friendships; Melissa Tomascik, Blaney Elementary School, Recess Fun

2019 Spring Classroom Enrichment Grantees

Jennifer Atkinson, Lugoff Elementary School, Toy Story STEAM Mania; Officer Karen DeVors, Camden Elementary School, D.A.R.E Program; Meredith Floyd, Pine Tree Hill Elementary School, Hands-On Equations; Diana Kingsbury, Pine Tree Hill Elementary School, FOSS Science Kits; Sara Ponds, Lugoff-Elgin Middle School, Keyboards; 

Tonya Seay, Lugoff Elementary School, Readers Are Leaders 

2018-2019 Youth Enrichment Grantees 

Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County, Arts Outreach

Jackson Teen Center, Computer Lab

Kershaw County Music Association, Brevard Scholarship

Boys & Girls Club of Kershaw County, Fine Arts Show 

Kershaw County Robotics, Team 2018-2019 

2018 Fall Classroom Enrichment Grantees

Lawrence McCallum, Camden High School, Self-Contained Work Based Enterprise; Raymond Jennings, Lugoff-Elgin High School, Brewed Awakenings; Amanda Oliver, North Central High School, Microburst EMPLOYability; Jack Pierce, Continuous Learning Center, Therapeutic Art; (not pictured) Elaine Dorsey, Nikki Ingram, Chuck Baker, Lugoff-Elgin Middle School, Inclusive Education; Monica Barber, Blaney Elementary, Protractors

2018 Spring Classroom Enrichment Grantees

Susan Morris, Lugoff Elementary, Project Elementary Gymnastics; Kayla Shoemake, Lugoff Elgin High School; Project STEM Enrichment Through Games; Alison Lopez, Camden Middle School, Project TI-30 Calculators; Isaac Pitts, Camden Middle School, Project Soundtrack: World Tour; Ashely Middleton, Camden Middle School, Project The Hidden Curriculum…Social Skills; Carla Cothern, Camden High School, Project Biology Hands-on; Amanda Hicks, Lugoff Elementary, Project Building Independent Readers to be Leaders, Chuck Baker, Lugoff Elgin Middle School, Project Understanding My World

2017 Fall Classroom Enrichment Grantees

Hope Robinson, Lugoff Elementary, Literacy Learning Luggage; Marti Wallace, Camden High School, Ceramics Class; Judi Mills, Doby's Mill Elementary; Grocery Store Reading; Mary Catoe, Doby's Mill Elementary, Once Upon a Time; Donna Watts, Blaney Elementary, Let's Boogie

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