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School District Five school receives grant from South Carolina Department of Education

For Immediate Release – September 10, 2020



School District Five school receives grant from South Carolina Department of Education

IRMO – Nursery Road Elementary School-Arts Magnet (NRES-AM) has received a $7,349 Distinguished Arts Program (DAP) grant for the project Creating Sustainable Practices in Arts Integration from the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE). DAP grants provide funds for one-year projects and funds from this grant award must be expended in accordance with activities to support standards based arts instruction.


“We are truly excited to be the recipients of the DAP grant for the fourth consecutive year! This grant will provide Professional Development opportunities for our faculty and staff in summer workshops and the Palmetto State Arts Education Integration Conference,” said Nursery Road Elementary School principal Love Ligons. “Each year, we send faculty and staff who return and present a workshop to our staff which focuses on Arts Integration in the regular education classroom. This particular grant creates for NRES-AM a sustainability feature which will take us even further in our arts integration journey.”


Nursery Road Elementary - Arts Magnet utilizes an arts-integrated curriculum that extends into all aspects of a student’s learning experience. Related Arts classrooms transform into vibrant studios that incite creativity and collaboration in the teaching and learning process. The studios set the foundation for whole-school integration of the arts. The Arts magnet school is also the only elementary school in Lexington-Richland School District Five to offer Media, Visual, and Performing Arts with an extended arts rotation as well as Arts Integration in the general education classroom.


“It is quite a tribute to Nursery Road Elementary School - Arts Magnet that they are the recipient of the DAP grant, said School District Five Magnet School Program Director Sara Wheeler. “It supports their magnet school mission of quality arts education programs that improve student achievement.”


DAP projects must promote innovative development and implementation of appropriate curricula, instruction, and assessment based on the 2020 South Carolina College-and Career Ready Standards for Visual and Performing Arts Proficiency and serve as the foundation to support quality arts instruction and the growth of dance, music, theatre, visual arts, media arts, and design programs in South Carolina schools.


Funds may also be used for a variety of school enrichment programs, including teacher professional development programs for arts specialists, develop lesson plans and curriculum guides and purchasing resources required for implementation and more.