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Aynor Middle School Receives Distinguished Arts Program Grant

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The South Carolina Department of Education awarded Aynor Middle School with a Distinguished Arts Program Grant for the 2020-2021 school year. Under the State’s Art Curricular Innovation Grants (ACIG), the Distinguished Arts Program Grant (DAP Grant) is an award of $18,000 that will be used to implement new learning and enhance existing programs at Aynor Middle School.  A portion of this funding will be used for continuing education for the grant writers.  Four Aynor Middle School teachers collaborated to write the grant last school year and will benefit from these continuing education courses.  Those teachers are LeAnne Altman (Chorus and Show Choir), Alex Humphries (Theatre), April Troglauer (Orchestra), and Wesley Walker (Visual Art).

Examples of enhancements to the Fine Arts offerings at Aynor Middle School include purchasing of digital photography equipment, 3-D printing capabilities, new electric string instruments, a portable acoustic shell for instrumental performances, and a back-lit projector for the auditorium, and the opportunity for students to work with a professional choreographer.  This equipment will be utilized to better teach the South Carolina College- and Career- Ready Standards for Arts Proficiency and help students showcase the world-class skills outlined in the Profile of a South Carolina Graduate. 

The South Carolina Department of Education’s Art Curricular Innovation Grants (ACIG) assists schools and districts in developing and implementing arts initiatives that support quality arts education programs that significantly improve student achievement in the arts. DAP grants provide funds for one-year projects.

For more information on the Art Curricular Innovation Grants, please visit https://bit.ly/3654jny.