CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Empowering young minds to think outside the box and use their imagination to succeed is a new initiative the Charleston County School District is implementing to several schools across the county.
"The future of work, the future of schooling is creativity, problem solving , collaboration, team work and these are the skills built into the activities of engaging creative minds" said CCSD Superintendent Dr. Nancy McGinley.
For the past 18 months, schools and community arts providers have been working around the clock putting this program together all in hopes of empowering young minds.
"We're starting with arts education infused into academics but we're also talking about design, engineering and creativity in all fields, so we're fortunate to have such great partnerships" said McGinley.
Eight schools are participating in the public and privately funded program that cost about $400,000. McGinley says she hopes the program will expand in the near future.
"We'll be expanding it as more resources come in and as the program develops over the years" said McGinley.
Giving children the spark and ability they need to think creatively and make a difference for their future is key, especially with future potential employers. Future employers like Boeing.
"Let's face it. This is our future workforce for South Carolina. We're going to be here a long time and we want to bring them along and educate them so they're ready to go in the jobs for the future" said Geoff Schuler a site integration leader at Boeing.