GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Over 750 Georgetown County students will be making their way to Patriots Point thanks to the Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation.
A $7,500 grant from the Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation will send all Georgetown County fifth graders – approximately 758 students – to the USS Yorktown. Students began making the trip to Mt. Pleasant October 22 and will continue through Oct. 24. More will come down Oct. 29 and 30.
The students will be taking part in educational programs aboard "The Fighting Lady."
Participating schools include Andrews Elementary, Brown's Ferry Elementary, Kensington Elementary, Maryville Elementary, McDonald Elementary, Plantersville Elementary, Pleasant Hill Elementary, Sampit Elementary and Waccamaw Intermediate School.
"This is a wonderful opportunity for fifth graders to experience living history both visibly and verbally," said Sarah Elliot, Georgetown County Board of Education member. "The Yorktown programs are aligned to specific state standards for history and science that will allow students to experience hands on real life activities giving relevance to off-campus educational opportunities.
The Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation, established in 2000, is a program that offers student in South Carolina a chance to take part in education and music programs. The Foundation was established by the band.