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Public school may offer Bible study course
Posted: Jan 22, 2009 04:44 PM
Updated: Jan 26, 2009 06:36 PM
By Nicole Johnson bio | email
PAWLEY'S ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - Study the Bible and earn high school credit. Some parents and the school board in Georgetown County are making it possible. It will be a new elective class, where public school students can learn about Jesus Christ.
For the very first time at Waccamaw High School students can choose if they want a Christian education at school.
"We pride ourselves here at Waccamaw High School. We offer every varsity sport the high school league allows. We offer an IB, AP, and PACE college class curriculum. We offer very diverse curriculum, and I think it's just in with our mission to offer that diverse curriculum," Principal David Hammel said.
The school has been approved by the district board to allow the non-profit group "Coastal Schools Ministries" to oversee teaching and report back student's grades and attendance. Principal David Hammel says many parents and community members support the idea and he doesn't feel it crosses any boundaries.
"Not with it being voluntary in my building and with none of my school personnel or myself allowed to recruit students, talk to students about it, etcetera. We see it as just another avenue for student learning," Hammel said.
Students who choose to take the course will leave campus for the Bible classes, which will take place at All Saints Church. It's about a mile and a half up the road from the high school.
The principal says the specifics of the class are still being ironed out and will need to be approved by the school board, but the class may be worth two credits as an elective.
"Again I think it's just another opportunity, and we're open to any other group that would like to come in as well," Hammel said.
Ninth to twelfth graders can choose to take the class, but the school won't come out and tell students about it. Students will have to hear about it from their parents or church ministers, and then go to the guidance office to sign up.
The principal says not a dime of district money will go toward this class. It will all be privately funded.