Clyburn Announces $1.5 Million in Funding for SC Health and Education Projects

Jun 15, 2006 Issues: Health

(Washington, DC) – Sixth District Congressman James E. Clyburn today announced the House Appropriations Committee has approved the fiscal year 2007 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education appropriations bill including $1.5 million for projects in South Carolina.

“These federal investments will provide better education programs and health care to some of South Carolina’s most vulnerable citizens,” Congressman Clyburn said.  “I believe it is important to support programs that help bridge disparities for low-income and rural families, and each of these projects addresses a serious need.” 

Project Appropriation Project Description

Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital

$450,000

Funding will allow Palmetto Health to renovate the vacated cancer center so the building can be retrofitted to serve as a stand-alone Children’s Hospital.  The current Children’s Hospital floor in the main hospital can exceed capacity by as much as 30% forcing children into temporary holding areas in the emergency room. 

Pee Dee Healthy Start

$150,000

Funding will allow expansion of Pee Dee Healthy Start, Inc., a non-profit organization based in Florence, SC, to more economically and socially disadvantaged areas.  The program’s goal is to reduce the infant mortality rate by supporting services to pregnant women and their families. 

Voorhees College Healthy Campus

$100,000

Funding will be used by Healthy Campus at Voorhees College to implement a demonstration program to reverse the growing incidences of diabetes in minority communities.  South Carolina is first-in-the-nation in amputations due to diabetes. 

Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence

$100,000

Funding will allow Blue Ribbon Schools to purchase technological equipment and software, and provide on-site training and development.  Blue Ribbon Schools is a collaboration between two universities and ten school districts that focuses on diminishing the digital divide by providing access to technology in very rural communities. 

Clemson University Call Me Mister

$200,000

Funding will enable the Call Me Mister program based at Clemson University to develop a research-based model for national replication, so that measurable results can be utilized in every state to improve the number of black male teachers.  Call Me Mister is a collaborative effort involving three Historically Black Colleges in South Carolina to recruit, train, certify and secure employment for African American males as elementary teachers in public schools. 

College Summit, Inc.

$250,000

Funds will be used exclusively to support the expansion of College Summit into South Carolina.  College Summit is an award winning 501(c)(3) organization that increases the college enrollment rate of low-income youth by equipping communities to ensure every student who can make it in college will make it to college. 

Save the Children

$150,000

Funding will support the expansion of the Save the Children program in South Carolina.  This program trains community organizations and schools to provide high quality literacy programs to youth in K-8 grades in low-income and rural areas.

Trident Technical College

$100,000

Funding will allow the nursing program at Trident Technical College to purchase new equipment. 

 

Congressman Clyburn is the only member of the South Carolina Congressional delegation who sits on the House Appropriations Committee.   This legislation must pass the full House and Senate before the President can sign it into law. 

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