Because of Covid, the School District of Pickens County is asking that people and groups from outside the school not have
after-school programs at school at this time; this is very understandable. We have, however, been so fortunate to have 4 different organizations in 4 different areas offer their facilities for our use. The kindness and generosity of these people is so appreciated.
Mondays at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church - Dacusville
Tuesdays at The Mill Church - Pickens
Thursdays at The Rosewood Center - Liberty
Thursdays at The Old Six Mile Fire Dept. - Six Mile
Following is some general info as for how we’ll proceed:
We’ll be offering, once again, the Young Appalachian Musician (YAM) program. In this program our 3rd-5th or 6th-8th graders are taught to play acoustic instruments (guitar, fiddle, banjo, and mandolin) by local musicians …by ear.
Generally, we’ll have a 45 minute lesson per week starting the week of Oct. 26 and ending Dec 10, off Thanksgiving week (6 wks).
These classes will be held at one of four locations (listed above) after 4:00 and before 7:00 on Monday-Thursdays.
No Homework Center will be provided this session. Parents will need to provide transportation to and from the facility for lessons.
Because we have received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (Covid Relief) to help with our instructor costs, we’d like to “pay it forward” to our wonderful YAM families. Tuition will be FREE for all After-School students for whom space is available. There are a limited number of spaces at each site. This can only be a temporary “relief” for this first 6 weeks.
Instruments may be rented for this 6 week session for a flat rate of $20.
After the first 6 weeks lesson fees are determined by school lunch status:
free lunch: $5/week
reduced lunch: $7/week
paid lunch: $12/week
Contact Pauline at email@example.com
or Betty at 864-878-4257 about schedules, instruments,
and to register.
Schools, Principals, and Program Directors
Carlton Lewis, Principal
Janet Hardin, program director
Ben Hagood Elementary
Paula Alexander, Principal
Christine Esancy , program director
YLA Charter School
Sandee Blankenship, Principal
Gretchen Carpenter, program director
Dacusville Elementary and Middle School
Travis Chapman, Elementary Principal
Wanda Tharpe, Middle School Principal
Cristy Flowers, program director
Lowell Haynes, Principal
Suzanne Aldridge, program director
Chastain Road Elementary
Jessica Patterson, Principal
Mary Johnson, program director
Donna Harden, Principal
Tiffany Short, co-program director
Pickens Middle School
James King, Principal
Tom Kelley, program director
Six Mile Elementary
Melissa Terry, Principal
Jan Nations, Program Director
Getty's Middle School
Mr. Michael Cory, Principal
AleciaGilcrease, program director
Home-School Arts Academy
Rebecca Moore- program director
Central Academy of the Arts
Tish Goode, Principal
Kim Keasler- program director
McKissick Academy of Science and Technology
Heather Touchberry, Principal
Ashley Gilbert- program director