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LSMS dedicates new wellness center

Posted: September 17, 2013 3:31 p.m.
Updated: September 18, 2013 5:00 a.m.
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One of two additional views of the facilities in the new wellness center at LSMS.

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A special rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner led off the dedication of Leslie M. Stover Middle School’s (LSMS) new wellness center Monday night. Music teacher Brian Heyward led eighth-grade students Anna Boyce and Jessica Britt through the song to welcome guests to LSMS.

LSMS students started using the wellness center about two weeks before school started. LSMS Principal Mike Garity said LSMS is grateful, honored and blessed to be able to have the facility to use.

“This will be the new home to several groups of students,” Garity said, explaining that more than 150 students will use the facility daily.

The center is home to a multipurpose room, fitness room with new equipment and a restroom.

“This is a top-notch facility -- state of the art. There is no way you can ask for more than this,” Garity said.

Kershaw County School District Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan said the district and LSMS community has been excited about the project since the construction ground broke.

Trustees Nissary Wood, Shirley Halley, Matt Irick, Vice-Chair Kim Horton DuRant, Chair Mara Jones and Kershaw County Council Chairman Gene Wise and Councilman Willie Mickle all helped celebrate with LSMS.

Jones said “thank you” to the parents for serving the students of Kershaw County.

“What I admire about Kershaw County is the collaboration and the partnerships,” Jones said. “Kershaw County is a special place and we are making great things happen.”

Halley said the building will be a great place to not only nourish student’s minds, but their bodies, as well. Wood said that being an advocate of fitness and health makes her appreciate seeing the building every day.  She said it brightens her day to know that Stover students will have access to a quality health facility.

LSMS Asst. Principal Dr. Wendy Campbell said the school’s squad of about 20 cheerleaders used to practice in the halls while wrestlers practiced in the halls and cafeteria before the center was completed. Now both groups will have a proper training facility, Campbell said. Faculty and staff are able to use the center when students are not using the space in the mornings and during the evening, she said.

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