Posted: Monday, October 17, 2016

Rudolph Gordon and Ellen Woodside elementary schools were recognized by the American Heart Association for their fundraising efforts through Jump Rope for Heart.

Ellen Woodside Elementary earned 7th place in the state, while Rudolph Gordon Elementary took 17th place for total amount of funds raised. Greenville County Schools raised the 4th highest amount of all South Carolina school districts.

Mimi Melehes, principal of Ellen Woodside Elementary, said, “We feel that contributing the American Heart Association is important because so many of our families and community members are effected by heart disease.”

“We are very proud of our students for their dedication to the American Heart Association,” said Kristin Wooten, PE teacher at Rudolph Gordon Elementary. “Our students not only improve their own heart health by jumping, but are able to learn how to make a difference in the lives of others.”

Eighteen GCS schools participated in Jump Rope for Heart last year. Each school was awarded over $2,000 in physical education equipment certificates. In addition, 34 P.E. teachers earned memberships in the Society of Health and Physical Education Teachers (SHAPE) and the South Carolina Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (SCAHPERD).

Participating schools were AJ Whittenberg, Armstrong, Blythe Academy, Bryson Middle, Duncan Chapel, Gateway, Grove, League, Mitchell Road, Monarch, Oakview, Pelham Road, Rudolph Gordon, Simpsonville, Taylors, Welcome, and Westcliffe.

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