Oct 01 2003

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced Richland County School District 1 will receive a $743,517 grant to support the establishment of Richland One Middle College at Midlands Technical College as a public charter school for eleventh and twelfth grade students. The school will develop and implement a project-based tech-prep curriculum, deliver comprehensive guidance and career development strategies, and provide students with character education and leadership development. The program will provide students with a generic skill set demanded by employers that is necessary for success after high school. “It is essential that we provide students with alternatives to traditional education models in order to prepare them to enter the working world after graduation,” said Graham, a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. “Technical education programs teach students the necessary skills to excel in an area of their choosing, and prepare South Carolina’s students to be on the forefront of emerging technologies.” The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Education. ####

Oct 01 2003

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the National Dropout Prevention Center at Clemson University will receive a $699,312 grant to increase graduation rates of students with disabilities. The funds will be used to support programs that emphasize dropout prevention and re-entry into education by students who have already dropped out of school. The Center will organize and apply a network of knowledge and support sources, interact and collaborate with key organizations that provide programs and professional services, and utilize the expertise of researchers and practitioners to offer outreach activities and resources relevant to dropout prevention activities. “We have a responsibility to educate and inspire young people, and effectively communicate to them the benefits of staying in school,” said Graham. “This grant will help the Center do just that.” ####

Oct 01 2003

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced North Safety Products in Charleston has been awarded a $10 million contract to provide items urgently needed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The contract calls for the delivery of chemical protective, rubber gloves. “South Carolina companies provide the tools necessary to protect the health and safety of our men and women in uniform,” said Graham. “Our armed forces are bringing freedom to an oppressed people, and making the world safer. They deserve the best equipment and supplies money can buy. The employees at North Safety Products should be proud of the role they are playing to win the War on Terrorism.” The contract was awarded by the U.S. Department of Defense. ####

Oct 01 2003

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, today announced Anderson County School District 5 will receive a $2.499 million Smaller Learning Communities grant. The Smaller Learning Communities Program is designed to support academic achievement through the implementation of and expansion of small, safe, and successful learning environments in large public high schools. “These grants will help South Carolina schools provide a more complete, effective and personalized learning experience for our students,” said Graham. “The small learning community programs promote achievement and are designed to work with students to address their interests and to encourage success in those fields.” The grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Education. ####

Sep 30 2003

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the Greenville Family Partnership, fiscal agent for the Greenville Safe and Drug Free Alliance, will receive a $100,000 Drug Free Community grant to support their efforts to reduce substance abuse among area youth. The funds will be used to:
  • Distribute educational materials and contact alcohol retailers and resellers to increase awareness of binge drinking and alcohol poisoning among youth;
  • Offer ongoing weekly parenting classes to make parenting skills training as an option for family court;
  • Produce an initial baseline report on youth substance abuse in Greenville County;
  • Produce a plan for addressing gaps in prevention, awareness, and treatment services;
  • Disseminate information through 4 forums, 20 workshops, a call-in radio show, 3 informational mailings, and in insert in the Greenville News;
  • Hold quarterly meetings with law enforcement and government leaders to strengthen alcohol, tobacco, and other drug laws;
  • Develop a written strategic plan based on the results of the baseline study.
“Coalitions like this help South Carolina’s youth avoid the pitfalls of abusing drugs and alcohol,” said Graham. “They take a unique approach to this serious problem, addressing not only law enforcement and education, but also getting families actively involved in the lives of their children.” The Drug-Free Communities Program provides grants of up to $100,000 to community organizations that serve as catalysts for citizen participation in local drug prevention efforts. 183 new grants totaling $17.5 million were awarded today to community anti-drug coalitions across the country. The grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice. ####

Sep 30 2003

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, today announced $3.2 million in health grants have been awarded to South Carolina. State of South Carolina
  • $376,000 to the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to support SC Access Plus.
  • $40,000 to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control to conduct a public awareness campaign about trauma centers. Medical University of South Carolina
  • $325,865 to support the development of orphan care products.
  • $307,490 for research in aging.
  • $211,180 for environmental health hazards research.
  • $139,100 for heart and vascular disease research.
  • $135,920 for kidney diseases, urology and hematology research.
  • $108,000 to support geriatric education centers. South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium
  • $523,890 to research marine toxins. Life Point, Inc. in Charleston
  • $418,903 for programs to increase organ and tissue donation. Care Alliance Health Services in Charleston
  • $371,165 to support early intervention programs in the treatment of AIDS and HIV. University of South Carolina
  • $253,297 to support clinical research science laboratories. Clemson University
  • $73,500 for research in cancer detection and diagnosis.
“The programs supported by these grants not only provide South Carolinians with quality healthcare, but also provide the research necessary to improve the lives of all Americans,” said Graham. ####

Sep 30 2003

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced School District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties, fiscal agent for the Community Roundtable of Irmo, Dutch Fork, and Chapin, will receive a $99,984 Drug Free Community grant to support their efforts to reduce substance abuse among youth in Lexington and Richland counties. The funds will be used to:
  • Establish Family Resource Centers in low-income, subsidized housing communities;
  • Provide youth with tutoring and academic assistance, mentoring, recreational opportunities, and cultural enrichment activities;
  • Implement science-based drug prevention and parenting programs;
  • Support community policing, gang prevention, adult education, and family strengthening initiatives;
  • Improve coalition facilitation and management; raise community awareness;
  • Cultivate membership to increase levels of community involvement;
  • Recruit underrepresented groups t become involved in coalition activities.
“Coalitions like this help South Carolina’s youth avoid the pitfalls of abusing drugs and alcohol,” said Graham. “They take a unique approach to this serious problem, addressing not only law enforcement and education, but also getting families actively involved in the lives of their children.” The Drug-Free Communities Program provides grants of up to $100,000 to community organizations that serve as catalysts for citizen participation in local drug prevention efforts. 183 new grants totaling $17.5 million were awarded today to community anti-drug coalitions across the country. The grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice. ####

Sep 30 2003

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the City of Spartanburg, fiscal agent for the Spartanburg Youth Council, will receive a $99,693 Drug Free Community grant to support their efforts to reduce substance abuse among youth in Spartanburg County. The funds will be used to establish a research-based family strengthening program to: Improve family discipline and supervision, reduce family management problems, and improve bonding; Develop youth leadership opportunities to enhance protective factors; disseminate information about the dangers of using alcohol, tobacco and other drugs; Strengthen interagency collaboration; Expand the coalition; Implement environmental policies with support from the community. “Coalitions like this help South Carolina’s youth avoid the pitfalls of abusing drugs and alcohol,” said Graham. “They take a unique approach to this serious problem, addressing not only law enforcement and education, but also getting families actively involved in the lives of their children.” The Drug-Free Communities Program provides grants of up to $100,000 to community organizations that serve as catalysts for citizen participation in local drug prevention efforts. 183 new grants totaling $17.5 million were awarded today to community anti-drug coalitions across the country. The grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice. ####

Sep 29 2003

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, today announced school districts in Florence, Greenville, Lexington, Richland, and Sumter counties will receive education grants worth over $4 million.
  • Florence County School District One will receive a $294,738 grant for professional development institutes for arts educators. The school district, in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Education, the University of South Carolina, Converse College, and Columbia College will offer technology-rich professional development institutes for teachers in all 247 eligible public schools in the state. Instruction will cover visual arts, music and dance. Each teacher attending one of these institutes will receive a new multi-media computer, software, and peripheral equipment unique to a certain arts specialty.
  • Greenville County School District will receive a $178,285 grant to support the school districts professional development program. The project goal is to give Greenville County teacher and area professional artists a working knowledge of arts integrated instruction, leading to increased student engagement and performance. The program will expand the Tanglewood Arts Integration Training Institute and design professional development seminars for teachers and artists.
  • Lexington County School District One will receive a $499,914 grant to implement an effective smaller learning communities program at White Knoll High School. The funds will be used to increase the success rate of ninth grade students and implement extended learning opportunities for high school seniors.
  • Lexington-Richland School District Five will receive a $499,295 grant to create a more personalized experience and increase student achievement at Irmo High School. The funds will be used to create a Freshman Transition/Ninth Grade Experience program with a separate Ninth Grade House, academic teaming, flexible scheduling, and a semester class for study skills, life skills, service learning, and career awareness; a Peer and Mentoring Support program that will provide younger students with an upperclass mentor and student instructors for academic assistance; and, Schools of Study, small learning communities for grades 10-12 that combine academics with contextual learning, individualized graduation and career planning, linkages to postsecondary education, industry certification, internships and job shadowing, career exploration and preparation, and service learning.
  • Richland County School District will receive a $2 million grant to support the Students Truly Achieving at Richland One (STAR-1) program. STAR-1 is designed to address needs and gaps in the education programs at Dreher, Lower Richland, A.C. Flora, and Eau Claire high schools. The program initiatives call for the creation of a Freshman Academy to support student transition to high school, an Upper Academy to offer college and career assistance, extensive parental and community outreach programs, and professional development.
  • Sumter School District Two will receive a $956,856 grant to implement a Freshman Academy setting, career pathways, academic enhancement, mentoring, smaller class sizes and personalized settings at Crestwood and Lakewood high schools.
“These grants will help South Carolina schools provide a more complete, effective and personalized learning experience for our students,” said Graham. “The small learning community programs promote achievement and are designed to work with students to address their interests and to encourage success in those fields.” The grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Education. ####

Sep 29 2003

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced Little River Medical Center in Little River will receive a $949,186 grant, and Palmetto Health Alliance will receive a $497,455 grant to improve access to healthcare in their communities. The Community Access Program (CAP) grants increase access to healthcare for uninsured and underinsured patients. CAP grants are designed to increase access to health care by eliminating fragmented service delivery, improving efficiencies among safety net providers, and by encouraging greater private sector involvement. Many CAP models provide for integration of substance abuse and mental health treatment into the primary care model and have as collaborative members social and human services organizations as well as the faith community. “The skyrocketing costs of healthcare and health insurance have left many South Carolinians without access to quality care,” said Graham, a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. “These programs represent a joint effort by private companies and the federal government to provide healthcare and improve lives.” The grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ####