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Blaney receives seed grant from KershawHealth

Posted: November 23, 2011 3:32 p.m.
Updated: November 25, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Blaney Elementary School in Elgin is launching a campaign to fund a half-mile walking track and fitness trial on the school’s property. This project will benefit not only Blaney students, but students from nearby Leslie M. Stover Middle School as well as residents of surrounding communities.

KershawHealth has provided a grant of $5,000 to launch the fundraising campaign.

“This is the kind of grant we take great pleasure in making because its goal is directly in line with KershawHealth’s mission of having a positive impact on the health and well-being of all people in our county. We hope businesses, civic organizations, and individuals join us in providing financial support for this project which will promote lifelong commitment to regular exercise,” Donnie Weeks, KershawHealth President and CEO said.

Creating a walking track and fitness trail has been the joint vision of Blaney Principal Lisa Carter, Assistant Principal Michael Manning and the School Improvement Council.

“I can see parents out walking the path while their children are making their way through the fitness trail or school playground facility,” Carter said, envisioning how the facility will be used.

Manning also noted, “Families exercising together on a regular basis can have an enormous impact on the overall health of our population.”

According to PTA fundraiser coordinator Linda Carr, constructing a walking track and fitness trail is a “perfect example of how we want to prepare our students for success in the future.”

“It really goes back to the old principle of healthy minds and bodies, she said. “We need the community’s support to help us make this project a reality.”

The campaign to fund the new exercise facility is being done in conjunction with another project to create murals on the walls of the school’s hallways. As part of its contribution, KershawHealth has commissioned a mural of the original Camden Hospital to commemorate the healthcare system’s approaching centennial in 2013.

Contributions can be made to the Blaney Elementary School Fitness/Mural Fund, 1621 Smyrna Road, Elgin, SC 29045. The school can be reached at 438-3241.

Joseph Bruce (back row, second from left), KershawHealth marketing manager, presents the check to Blaney Elementary Nov. 15. Included in the picture are (back row, from left) Jeremie Eastin, Bruce, Lisa Carter, Michael Manning, (front row, from left) Brice Eastin, Isiah Allen, McKenzie Eastin, Nona Norris, Landon Miller, Jalen Burns, Dorian Burns and Griffin Keeffe.

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