State grant allows Washington Street Elementary students to ‘SHINE’

State grant allows Washington Street Elementary students to ‘SHINE’
Posted on 08/01/2017
Washington Street students practice yoga during the SHINE programHARTSVILLE, S.C. – More than 40 Washington Street Elementary School students got the opportunity to “SHINE” this summer, thanks to a grant from the S.C. Department of Education.

SHINE, which stands for “Students Having Innovative New Experiences,” focused on strengthening students’ skills in reading and writing while actively engaging them through in-the-field trips.

The program lasted three weeks. Each day began with the reading of a book by a teacher and continued with digital, literacy-based instruction. Each week concluded with field experiences to educational sites such as Riverbanks Zoo, EdVenture, Discovery Place, Defy Gravity, Wonderworks and Ripley’s Aquarium. Students also learned the fundamentals of yoga from instructor Casey Copeland, who is also director of Florence-Darlington Technical College’s Hartsville campus.

The S.C. Department of Education awarded Washington Street Elementary an extended learning grant in May after the school applied a month earlier.