Lowcountry schools receive grant money for after school programs

Lowcountry schools receive grant money for after school programs
Published: Mar. 31, 2015 at 8:28 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 30, 2015 at 9:16 PM EDT
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RIDGELAND, SC (WTOC) - Five school districts will reap the rewards of a South Carolina pilot program designed to help districts with higher percentages of students living in poverty.

Two schools in the Lowcountry will receive some of that money. When Beaufort Elementary School students leave school each day, they have limited options for after school help, but this grant is going to provide an additional opportunity

to get the help that they deserve.

More than $163,000 will bring a Neighborhood Outreach Connection tutoring service to Beaufort. With locations in Bluffton and Hilton Head Island, Neighborhood Outreach Connection has seen success with its students.

Dr. Narendra Sharma/Founder and Chair NOC

"We can see the progress,” said NOC Founder and Chair Dr. Narendra Sharman. “A lot of our kids are doing well, they've gone into the gifted and talented programs, and they bring their report cards and say ‘look how well we have done.'"

NOC will provide after-school and summer tutoring at two public housing complexes, Parkview and Marsh View Apartments. Beaufort Elementary School's principal said this will help around 100 students living nearby.

"All of our families, they need support, and our students certainly need those supports not only in their school community but they also need it at school,” said Principal Gary McCullough. “So we'll be able to use our certified teachers, to provide our students with that on-time intervention at the end of the day, so that we can

make sure all our kids are successful."

These services will be available in Beaufort starting at the end of April or beginning of May.

Hardeeville Ridgeland Middle School will also receive a grant totaling $200,000. It will go toward a hands-on learning program focused on real-life situations.

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