Extracurricular academy obtains a grant from the Ministry of Education


MARION, SC (WBTW) – The Marion Academy of Performing Arts and Sciences plans to expand their program after receiving a $ 179,000 grant from the Department of Education.

Thanks to the 21st Century Grant, third, fourth and fifth graders will be able to attend PASA’s after-school programs for free.

About 90 children of Marion will benefit from it. They will be able to participate in a variety of classes including dance, cosmetology, aerospace, music, money management, and STEM classes. As part of the grant, PASA will also have the necessary funds to modernize its facilities and equipment. They plan to acquire new piano keyboards, dance competition uniforms, and laser and drone technology. Principal Justine Roberts spoke about the importance of providing free classes to students in the community, many of whom come from low-income families.

“Being able to offer a program like this is amazing because we have families with many children and the parents cannot afford the tuition fees. So that will allow them to be able to participate in a program like this so that we can really be an asset to their future, ”she said. “That’s why I’m so excited. Since we have this 21st century, we will be able to open the doors and not tell children or not allow children to come to the program for financial reasons. I really hope that in the near future we can get more grants like this which will allow all of our kids to participate in the program for free.

PASA offers a wide variety of performing arts and science and technology courses. Some of the performing arts programs include choir, music, and dance.

“I teach ballet, modern and jazz. Children therefore learn all these dance styles. And then they learn dance theory, dance history, dance terminology too, ”said Roberts.

Through the science and technology portion, students have the opportunity to create their own robots, operate drones, and sit in a rocket simulator to experience what it’s like to fly to the moon. The director of the science department teamed up with NASA to make the experiment realistic.

“The children will plan their mission and will also be able to pilot the simulator. They will be able to do anything an astronaut does. We’re getting direct feed from NASA, ”Roberts told News13.

PASA will be hosting its Summer Fest on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Withlacoochee Park. There will be pizza, bouncy houses and a rocket launch. Parents can also register their children for classes.


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