Jefferson Davis Academy opens year with prayer

  • JDA students, employees and parents join hands around the flag pole before classes start August 17 as Pastor Chris Campbell (center, background) from Restoration Community Church in Barnwell prays.

Jefferson Davis Academy started the school year with prayer around the flag pole on August 17 before students headed to their first class.

Pastor Chris Campbell from Restoration Community Church in Barnwell led the prayer as students, staff and parents joined hands outside the private school, which is located in Blackville.

The theme for the year is “Empowering Young Minds”. JDA has a few more young minds to empower this year as Head of School Dr. Walter Banks said student enrollment has increased.

The school has added several dual credit courses with USC Salkehatchie and Denmark Technical College to expand opportunities for students.

“I look forward to advancing the academic offerings that will allow students to earn between 12 and 72 college credits while in high school,” he said.

The addition of dual credit courses has led JDA to extend its school day to 2:30 p.m., he said.

“We have added a new elementary computer lab in the lower school,” said Banks.

Dr. Banks said there are plenty of opportunities for parents to be involved this year, including through the PTO, athletics and volunteering. “Our parents have always been involved in their child’s education,” he said.

The JDA Raiders football team had its first game of the season on August 18. Banks said they have 21 players. Ticket prices for adults have increased to $8.