Greenville County’s pre-school age children are ensured a year full of creative educational tools to get them ready for kindergarten, thanks to a $29,650 grant from the PNC Foundation.
The PNC Foundation, the charitable arm of PNC Bank, made the grant to the South Carolina Children’s Theatre’s (SCCT) Story Drama Programs, which is done in partnership with the Greenville County School District to promote literacy as well as problem-solving and choice-making skills.
This year, the grant will allow SCCT to implement the year-long program at all of the School District’s six Child Development Centers.
“PNC Foundation’s commitment to early childhood education aligns with SCCT’s efforts to introduce literacy to young students using theatre arts,” says Debbie Bell, SCCT’s executive director.
SCCT’s teaching artists use storybooks to bring a fun, creative approach to helping the development centers reach their literacy goals.
Amanda Lecaroz, principal of Greenville County’s Child Development Centers appreciates that SCCT’s program not only provides a measure for how literacy education is progressing, but it’s fun, too. “The Story Drama Programs offered by SCCT have been a successful and extremely fun addition to our educational programming for both our students as well as our teachers,” she says.
For 15 years, PNC’s “Grow Up Great” program has helped prepare children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life.