HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Hartsville Masonic Lodge No. 173 endowed a symbol of fundamental American history to North Hartsville Elementary School last week in the form an impressive portrait of President George Washington.
The donation marked the first of what the Masons expect will be several such donations. Eric Calhoun with the Hartsville Masonic Lodge said he and the lodge’s 200-plus members hope the portrait of Washington will pique student interest in American history. The Hartsville Masons plan to donate a Washington portrait to every school in Hartsville, he said.
The painting of the United States’ first president and the country’s highest-ranking military officer will be hung where all students can see, North Hartsville Principal Kristi Austin said.
“We are very appreciative of the Hartsville Masons’ interest in the education of our students,” she said. “George Washington is an important part of our history, and the portrait will appeal to the inquisitive nature of the kids.”
North Hartsville Elementary in Darlington County School District is a K-5 school serving 670 students. Darlington County School District serves roughly 10,500 students in 23 schools.
For more information, please contact the Darlington County School District Office of Communications at 843-398-2281.