PEP Programs

PEP has a 24 year history of organizing and managing programs that benefit Aiken County Public Schools’ teachers and students.  Currently, PEP is involved with the planning, coordination, and/or funding of the following programs.

My Own Book

PEP is launching a new initiative to help improve the literacy of elementary school students. We are teaming with the elementary school media specialists in Aiken County to provide funds so ALL third grade students in Aiken County can purchase a book of their choice at their school’s Book Fair.
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PEP Classroom Innovation Grants — Applications for the FALL 2024 Grant Cycle Available Soon

The overarching goal of the PEP Classroom Innovation Grant is to support teachers in developing creative and innovative methodologies and strategies that engage and enhance student learning in measurable and meaningful ways. PEP’s goal is hold at least two rounds of Classroom Grants per school year.
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Garcia Orchestra Festival

For 11 years, the Aiken County Garcia Orchestra Festival has provided students with the opportunity to rehearse and perform in concert under guest clinicians. Participants are 6th -12th grade students in Aiken County stringed instrument music programs or high school bands.
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Midland Valley High School & ATC Early College

This program allows rising sophomores at Midland Valley to begin their college coursework early and earn an associates degree from ATC before graduating from high school. Midland Valley High School is the only Early College Program in Aiken County.
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Technical Scholars Tour

The Technical Scholars Program is a partnership between Aiken Tech and multiple local industries wherein the sponsoring companies help pay for students’ tuition and books, and offer them part-time employment, to give them experience in the workplace. PEP’s tour of the program gives potential participants a chance to speak with students who have taken advantage of it. The tour also gives them information on how to apply and join the program.
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If you are interested in volunteering your time or contributing financially to any of our programs, or have an idea for a new program, please contact us at