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December Newsletter



Get ready to run!

ECM’s 13th annual Charleston Half Marathon will take place on January 14th, 2023. We are still looking for volunteers to attend our water stations and packet pickup centers from 1/12-1/14 - This is a great opportunity to support the arts, education, and your local nonprofit! Find a time slot that works for you!

Our youth run will take place on January 14th, 2023 at 11am. The school representing the most kids will win the Peyton Moore Spirit Award. PLUS, a purse of $600 is distributed among the top three schools with the most spirit and school participation. 1st place: $300, 2nd place: $200, 3rd place: $100




YEScarolina judges needed for 2023!

YEScarolina in-class business plan competition is currently underway for first semester high school entrepreneurship students. We are in need of judges starting January 6th at Wando High School. If you are interested, please reach out to Eva Rutiri eva@engagingcreativeminds.org for this amazing opportunity! We have three classes that will be presenting business plans on this day, and it should be very exciting to see these young entrepreneurs in action.


We are very grateful to an ECM board member and Foundation President of The DeLoach Family Foundation, Brittany Westbrook, for a donation received on "Giving Tuesday" to support the YEScarolina programs. We will be able to support 43 entrepreneurship classes for a $500 in-class business plan sponsorship in 17 schools around the state. WooHOO!




That’s a lot of Engaged Learning!

ECM's in-school Engaged Learning Experiences (ELEs) are back and better than ever in the 2022-2023 school year! We will be implementing 122 ELEs in three districts. That's a lot of engaged learning! Woo hoo!




Boeing funds ECM's afterschool program

We’re thrilled to announce that Engaging Creative Minds received a grant from The Boeing Company for an afterschool program.

#BoeingInspires #BoeingPartner The inspirational kick-off with the ECM After-School Program at St. John's High School was on Monday, November 9, 2022. The program is called the Inspire, Innovate and Create Institute and funded by a Boeing grant. The ECM staff will provide operational and programming support for each 9-week session at this school. Each week and for 9 weeks, 15 students will meet with their E-STEAM Team of teachers after school for arts, STEM, and entrepreneurship programming. Students will be introduced to various artistic media and technology (e.g. painting, drawing, printmaking, textile arts, photography, 3D printing, coding, and game design to name a few) while the lead teacher will focus on entrepreneurial concepts (cost of goods, target market, profit, start up costs) and developing a business plan. Students will choose a medium and create products (e.g., 3D printed key chains) to sell at a pop-up market at their school at the end of the 9-week session. The 9 week sessions will be from November 14th to February 10, 2023. The students had their first session on Wednesday, November 9, 2022 and attended the 3D training from the co-founder of Evolve 3D, Ben Scott. During the training, a technology-savvy student, Conner Pittman, showcased the spirit of the Inspire, Innovate, and Create Institute. By the end of the hour's training, he had a keychain made on the 3D printer and was able to determine the cost of goods on the product! The students will meet for the next 9 weeks, every Monday. Towards the end of the program, students will showcase their products at a pop-up market. Thank you, Boeing South Carolina, for your continued support!

#BoeingInspires #BoeingPartner

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