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Humanities instruction in 10 rural districts in South Carolina will be boosted over the next three years by a program funded by the Rockefeller Foundation.

The Rural Education Alliance for Collaborative Humanities will allow junior and senior high-school teachers from each of the selected districts to work with instructors from participating state colleges and universities to develop innovative instructional programs.

The project has received a $175,000 grant for its first year and a commitment for continued support at approximately the same level over the next two years.

The foundation has funded similar interdisciplinary programs in eight urban areas. The South Carolina project will begin in January.

According to Jack Blodgett, the program's coordinator, the alliance will reduce the intellectual isolation felt by many teachers in rural areas.

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