Grants

October 3rd, 2022 (Camden, SC) – The Camden Junior Welfare League has awarded its Fall Classroom Enrichment Grants to ten Kershaw County educators, with grant funds totaling more than $4,800.

The CJWL received grant applications from over 45 educators across the school district. Funding is available for projects that will support student enrichment in math, language and writing, arts, life skills and leadership, physical education, STEAM, and special education. 

“We are so impressed with not only the amount of applicants we received this year, but the dedication that each educator put forth to make their dreams a reality for the betterment of each child.,” said Camden Junior Welfare League President Hannah Rushmiller. 

Grants were awarded as follows:

Katey Hancock, Lugoff Elementary School - Funding the purchase of supplies needed to implement “Calm Down Kits and Mindful Mondays”, that will benefit mental health throughout the school. 

Suzanna Hall, North Central High School - Funding the purchase of New Technology that will improve the Chemistry Lab. 

Catrina Robinson, Jackson Elementary School - Funding the purchase of supplies needed to provide additional classroom support for a “Boogie into Reading” program that will assist in learning to read and write.

Heather Reid, North Central Middle School - Funding the purchase of materials to implement “Life Skills Fridays”, which will assist special education students with life skills such as cooking . 

Abigail Anthony, Camden Elementary School - Funding the purchase of supplies that will support the “4K Thematic Dramatic Play” by teaching life skills and providing guidance to the classroom.

Susan Morris, Continuous Learning Center - Supporting a classroom that will assist in providing new Elementary PE Units that will be available to use for years to come. .

Benjamin Cupodo, Leslie M Stover - Funding the purchase of CPR and First Aid units to utilize within the classroom for training purposes.

Kim Stokes, Continuous Learning Center - Funding the purchase of supplies needed for a newly implemented Mentorship Program that will provide support for all CLC students. 

Mary Kathryn Burbank, Jackson Elementary School - Funding the purchase of supplies needed for music class that will provide project support for the Music Literacy Program.

Kendall Gott, North Central Elementary School - Funding the purchase of supplies that will provide life skills and guidance to children within the classroom by implementing a “Pottying with Independence” program.

Spring 2022 Classroom Enrichment Grants Awarded

The Camden Junior Welfare League awarded 12 Kershaw County School District educators classroom enrichment grants totaling just over $5,000. Grants were awarded as follows:

Dr. Karen Bare-Oldham, Lugoff Elgin High School - "Picture This!" Project

Linda Branham, Stover Middle School - "Real World Linear Functions" Project

Glenna Brown-Kaiser, Blaney Elementary School - "Book Study for Guidance Groups" Project
Nicole Bryan, Midway Elementary School  

Regan King, Camden High School - "Breakout EDU" Project 

Mary Lott-Catoe, Doby's Mill Elementary School  

Brittain Melton, Lugoff Elgin High School - "Carolina Fence Garden" Project 

Glynis Pajaro, Camden High School - "The Eeriness of Poe" Project 

Reagan Payseur, Camden Middle School - "Remembering Ms. Robertson" Project

Maria Spring, Lugoff Elgin High School - "High School Credential Work Based Learning" Project

Jessica Truesdale, Camden Elementary School 

Dana Watkins, North Central Elementary School - "Slanted Workstations for the Win" Project

2021-22 Nonprofit Youth Enrichment Grants Awarded

The Camden Junior Welfare League has awarded three Kershaw County nonprofits with grants totaling $3,500 to benefit the youth of Kershaw County. The following grants were awarded:

Arts Center of Kershaw County/Kershaw County Music Association - Funding a student scholarship to the Brevard Music School in Summer 2022.

Boys & Girls Club of Kershaw County - Funding the purchase of materials to provide supplemental academic support for the students served in the Be Great Academy after school programs within Jackson Elementary and Midway Elementary Schools.

United for Baby Kershaw County - Funding the purchase of diapers, wipes, and other infant necessities to be distributed through a Diaper Day Giveaway drive, benefiting approximately 85 Kershaw County families.

Fall 2021 Classroom Enrichment Grants Awarded

The Camden Junior Welfare League awarded 10 Kershaw County School District educators classroom enrichment grants totaling more than $4,500. Grants were awarded as follows:

Vincent Albano, Camden High School - Funding the purchase of key equipment to help students studying sports medicine to recognize and treat heat illnesses in athletes. 

Dr. Chantelle Baker, Stover Middle School - Funding the purchase of math manipulatives, tangible objects used to help students solve math problems. These materials will be used in small group instruction in 6th grade classrooms and the self contained special education classrooms. 

Darlene Butler, North Central High School - Providing start up funding for special education students to create a coffee/pastry shop for teachers as an ongoing fundraiser for student projects and field trips. Students will learn life skills, while working in an organized working environment, that will help them to become more employable after graduation. This grant will assist in start up cost and daily operations costs.
Elizabeth Cassidy & Heather Reid, Camden Middle School - Funding the purchase of materials to assist special education students in acquiring cooking skills, while also expanding math and reading skills. 

LaKesha Meredith, Kershaw County Virtual Academy - Supporting a project that partners 7th grade students studying ecology with K-2nd students in order to write and publish children's book about environmental issues. Copies will be available to the public through the Kershaw County Library system. 

Susanmarie Miles, Camden Elementary School - Funding the purchase of a Qball and accessory materials, to increase student participation in all subjects by engaging students and, in turn, building social and emotional wellness.

Reagan Payseur, Camden Middle School - Funding the purchase of additional lower-reading level books with a variety of topics and demographically diverse characters to engage middle school students in reading. 

Celeste Ranson, Lugoff Elementary School - Funding the purchase of a variety of sensory tools to assist students with learning disabilities achieve optimal performance and behavioral regulation. 

Anna Rhyne, North Central Elementary School - Funding the purchase of C-Pen Readers to provide text-to-speech support for students with reading disabilities, in order to provide better access to the general education curriculum and environment. 

Laurie Robinson, Lugoff Elgin Middle School - Funding the purchase of materials that will address the needs of speech pathology students at the middle school level while keeping students motivated and engaged. 

Spring 2021 Classroom Grants Awarded

The Camden Junior Welfare League awarded 12 educators in Kershaw County classroom grants totaling more than $5,000. Grants were awarded as follows:

Kristine Britt, Wateree Elementary School - Funding the purchase of eBooks on the 2021-2022 South Carolina Picture and Children's Book Award Nominee list, which will allow virtual students to enjoy the books immediately and participate in the SC Book Awards programs next school year. 
Rebekah Clements, Baron Dekalb Elementary School - Funding the purchase of STEM and science materials to be incorporated into speech therapy sessions in order to address speech-language goals while maintaining science education. 
Caroline Gross, Doby's Mill Elementary School - Funding the construction of a sensory path throughout the school, to assist students with sensory and/or transition needs. 
Katey Hancock, Lugoff Elementary School - Funding the purchase of STEMpathy kits for 3rd-5th grade students to build empathy for others while completing tasks related to STEM. 
Pamela Horton, Lugoff Elgin High School - Funding the purchase of a 3D printer for students to develop design and engineering abilities while studying geometry concepts.
Veronica F.A. Jamison, Jackson Elementary School - Funding the initial installment of books to stock a new book vending machine, using books as incentives and prizes for students.
Jennifer Lott, Jackson Elementary School - Funding the creation of a student garden to be used annually, with rocks painted by students, in order to create a bed full of positivity and color. 
Joseph R. Miller, Camden High School - Funding the purchase of Subwoofer audio speakers for students to listen to and produce realistic audio quality tones during class and band sessions. 
Dana Sims Watkins, Bethune Elementary School - Funding the creation of an action-based learning environment in the special education classroom, allowing students to move while learning, providing purposeful movement and strengthening development gaps. 
Kim Stokes, Continuous Learning Center - Supporting the creation of a reading challenge for 4th-12th grades and the continued development of a student library. 
E. Lee Westbury, Montessori School of Camden - Funding the purchase of hands-on molecule building kits for 8th-9th grades students. 
Monica Woodberry, Blaney Elementary School - Funding the purchase of a document camera in order to make instructional time more efficient during virtual learning for kindergarten students. 

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.

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