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Jingle Bell Run proceeds benefit local schools

Posted: December 23, 2014 4:22 p.m.
Updated: December 24, 2014 1:00 a.m.

Fitness Zone Owner and Manager George Gibson (center) presents KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan and Kershaw County Board of School Trustees Chair Mara Jones with checks to benefit local schools’ health and physical education projects.


Once again, the proceeds of the local Jingle Bell Run are being used to benefit local schools. Now in its seventh year, the 5K run/walk sponsored by the Fitness Zone took place Dec. 5. This year, five Kershaw County School District (KCSD) schools are receiving $1,500 to be used for health and physical education projects.

Funded projects include:

• Camden Elementary School’s profoundly disabled medically fragile students will receive funds for classroom supplies. 

• Doby’s Mill Elementary School’s “You Go, Girls” and “Doby’s Dashers” running groups will receive funds to support half-marathon and marathon medals for more than 200 students who meet their running goals. 

• Lugoff Elementary School’s PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Support) will receive support for their year-end physically active celebrations. 

• Lugoff-Elgin High School’s (L-EHS) girls softball team will receive battle ropes for its program.

• Wateree Elementary School’s Girls on the Run program will receive funds to support their race registration fees, curriculum and materials. 

George Gibson said he and his staff appreciate the opportunity to participate in this effort to help improve the health and wellness of our children.

“I believe exercise is an extraordinarily important element in the growth and development of our students.,” Gibson said. “Research indicates that children who participate in regular physical activity have decreased risk of developing metabolic conditions such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension and obesity.”

He also noted that children who exercise regularly are leaner, have more energy, display improved self confidence and have a better outlook on life.  

“The Jingle Bell Run is a great community event,” KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan said. “Many of our staff and students participate as a part of their fitness efforts. Having the proceeds benefit our schools makes a lasting effect on hundreds of students’ lives and their well-being.”

In addition to Fitness Zone, other major sponsors for the race included KershawHealth, State Farm Insurance, Lugoff Auto Group (Toyota, Ford, Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep/Ram), SC ENT (Allergy & Sleep Medicine), Mid Carolina Credit Union, Powers Funeral Home, Sentinel Health Partners and the UPS Store. 

Additional support for the race was provided by Betty Sue Upchurch with Mitch Rabon Realty; Camden Bone and Joint; Carpet Outlet of Lugoff; Duke Energy; First Palmetto Bank; Harvest Baptist Church; Flowers Heating & Cooling; Kennedy Insurance Agency; NBSC; Powers & Gregory Heating and Air Conditioner Service; Dr. Tom Anderson, DMD; Savage, Royal & Sheheen; Upchurch & Jowers Insurance Agency; Walmart; Wateree Animal Hospital and SubStation II of Lugoff.

Gibson also said he is proud a large number of Kershaw County students participated in this year’s Jingle Bell Run/Walk. He thanked his business sponsors for partnering with the Fitness Zone to make this endeavor a success. 

This year’s race winner is Heather Costello. The L-EHS alumni led all runners (male and female) with a course record time of 18:50 minutes. She recently qualified for and successfully completed the New York City Marathon. Heather is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Hal Varn of Lugoff.

(Story and photo provided by the KCSD.)



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