Charleston County School District’s (CCSD) Office of Expanded Learning (Kaleidoscope) was selected as the recipient of funds raised through the Denny and Mark’s Pro-Am Jam’s “Call to Give.” The 10th anniversary of the event, started by NASCAR star Denny Hamlin and Hootie & the Blowfish’s lead guitarist Mark Bryan, raised $25,000 for Stono Park Elementary School’s Kaleidoscope program and the Baptist Hill Middle High School band. The funding will provide students with enriching opportunities through music.
The Baptist Hill band, led by director Jared Sutphin, was selected by the Office of Expanded Learning to be the opening act for Nelly at this year’s Pro-Am Jam, which is a mash-up of rock and roll, racing, golf, and charity. Students witnessed first-hand the opportunities and exposure that music can provide. These students interacted with Bryan, Smokey Robinson, and other well-known celebrities.