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Elementary school program builds leaders one 'step' at a time

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

One group at Lemira Elementary School in Sumter is building leaders one "step" at a time.

The Lemira Lion Golden Steppers joined the WIS Sunrise team Friday morning to show off their skills and talk about their program.

This Saturday they will have the second annual "Lemira Lion Golden Steppers Step Off" at Sumter High School at 2 p.m. Each ticket is $5.

The competition and showcase will help fund their program, which survives completely on donations.

The group was started five years ago by teacher Mary Tuggle, and the first team had five members. Now the team has 22 members and they recently won the overall high score at the Royal Affair competition hosted by the "Royal Diamond Steppers at Columbia High School."

The team is free for students to be a part of, but they have to maintain a "C" average and have good all-around behavior. Saturday's showcase is their main fundraiser for the program. Organizers say they spend an average of $300 per trip to competitions and they have six more trips scheduled this year.

They add the program has been a motivator for students to succeed in school, and that they develop eye-hand coordination which helps with their reading.

To see just how talented the Golden Steppers are watch above.

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