Once again, the proceeds of the local Jingle Bell Run are being used to benefit local schools. Now in its 7th year, the 5K run/walk sponsored by the Fitness Zone was held on the first Saturday in December. 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’s profoundly disabled medically fragile students will receive funds for classroom supplies.
- Doby’s Mill Elementary’s “You Go, Girls” and “Doby’s Dashers” running groups will receive funds to support half-marathon and marathon medals for over 200 students who meet their running goals.
- Lugoff Elementary’s PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Support) will receive support for their year-end physically active celebrations.
- Lugoff-Elgin High’s girls’ softball team will receive battle ropes for its program.
- Wateree Elementary’s Girls on the Run program will receive funds to support their race registration fees, curriculum and materials.
George Gibson said that he and his staff appreciate the opportunity to participate in this effort to help improve the health and wellness of our children. “I believe that exercise is an extraordinarily important element in the growth and development of our students. 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,” said KCSD Superintendent Frank Morgan. “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 were 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 that 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 winner of the race was Heather Costello. The LEHS 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.