Project Life: Positeen offers Orangeburg County’s children help with their studies. But it’s not all about the books.

The non-profit group has added an extra dose of fun with playground equipment at its headquarters, located at 349 Summers Ave. in Orangeburg. The equipment includes swings and a playset with slides.

Positeen founder and Director Liz Zimmerman Keitt said, “We love our young children because they need our help and we love having them here so we can help them with their work and their discipline and everything. …

“We teach the whole child. We don’t do half – we do the whole child.”

Project Life: Positeen is an after-school tutorial program allowing students from K-5 to high school to gather for tutoring in math, English-language arts, science, social studies and writing.

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The playground equipment was dedicated during a Saturday, April 27 event.

“We dedicate them that they may be used by the children to have exercise, fun and activities and that you will bless all who shall play with them so they will not have any hurt, harm or danger. That they will have fun, fun and more fun as they take a break from their schoolwork, homework and get back into the swing of life’s blessings that come from you,” Bishop Hayes T. Gainey Jr. said at the event. He’s pastor of Good Shepherd Community Ministries

Gainey and others spoke of the good work by Keitt, who is also a member of Orangeburg City Council.

Keitt is “a servant God has been using for a very long time. She eats, sleeps and drinks Project Life: Positeen,” Gainey said. He told Keitt, “Your work is not in vain.”

Former Orangeburg state Rep. Jerry Govan recalled how Keitt started Positeen.

“She saw a need and parents came to her and said we don’t have anything for our children to do after school,” he said. “Mrs. Keitt showed the initiative. Starting way back when she started this, I can remember her hauling children in her car back and forth to help them do that.”

Many of the program’s former students are now doing great things, Govan said. “Programs like these do make a difference, but it takes the dedication of a concerned community because it’s still a village that raises a child.”

The Rev. Earl Humes of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes thanked Keitt for everything she does in the community, and thanked God for having a hand in her ministry.

“You are one of God’s many blessings,” he said.

The equipment was installed by Dennis Brothers, Mr. Miller, Jerry Keitt and Marvin Keitt.

About 150 people attended the program, which included refreshments, with Project Life: Positeen counselors and staff serving everyone. Keitt estimates 150 people attended.

Donations came from D&B Restaurant, Dukes on Whitman Street, Bimbo Bread Company, Catherine Keitt, the Orangeburg Department of Public Safety and Anthony Simpson. T-Shirts were furnished to the students by Williams and Williams Law Firm. ODPS Chief Charles Austin and Claflin University Police Chief Melvin Williams were in attendance.

Contact the writer: or 803-533-5570.

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