Marion County, South Carolina, has
suffered an economic downturn, and the
education system is feeling the effects.
Wayne Burdick, president of Beneteau
America, brought 10 teachers from Marion
County to Charleston to participate in
the Reach Educator Course. The plan
was to initiate a STEM learning program
within the district to help revitalize
student interest in these subjects. For
Burdick, Marion County’s struggles hit
close to home, as the town of Marion is
home to a Beneteau factory that is a large
part of the region’s economy.