Voorhees School opens new 800-square-foot health heart

DENMARK, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) – Voorhees School formally opened its new health heart throughout a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony at 11 a.m. Thursday on the Leonard E. Dawson Well being and Human Assets Heart.  

At present, school, workers and common inhabitants college students of Voorhees can have entry to the brand new 800 square-foot heart, which incorporates energy coaching gear and different facilities. Neighborhood members will be capable to use the power within the spring, in accordance with COVID-19 security tips.

“As a part of the subsequent degree of excellence, well being and wellness is a precedence and we need to ensure the middle is accessible to college workers and college students. I need to thank the Episcopal Church for the funding and share my appreciation to town of Denmark in our partnership,” mentioned Ronnie Hopkins, president of the faculty.

Charlene Johnson, vice chairman for scholar affairs and director of athletics, took the lead in creating the middle and Calvin Williams, assistant professor and program coordinator of sports activities administration, together with college students labored with Johnson to make the middle a actuality.

“We’re enthusiastic about transferring to the subsequent degree of excellence as we open our new health heart. A grant by way of the Episcopal Church together with the faculty helped to buy state-of-the-art train gear and renovate an present house,” mentioned Johnson.

Gerald Wright, mayor of Denmark, was additionally available for the ceremony.

“The historical past of Voorhees School and Denmark are parallel. Now we have a supportive relationship with one another. It’s all the time a great factor to be included,” he mentioned.

Different program contributors included Joshua Gayle, president of the Voorhees Scholar Authorities Affiliation, and Bennie James, professor of faith, who offered the blessing and dedication remarks simply previous to the ribbon slicing.

“Health and wellness play an vital position in a scholar’s life. I’m sure that at first of the spring this facility might be of standing room solely,” Gayle mentioned.

“Our purpose is to develop college students holistically by way of strengthening the thoughts, spirit, and physique. The thoughts, by way of the educational and psychological well being companies that we provide, spirit by way of our religion in Christ and the Episcopal Church (chapel companies), and the physique by way of health,” mentioned Williams.

Previous and present college students of sports activities administration—facility administration and design have been helped with this mission. Their enter, concepts and creativity have been introduced out by way of weekly discussions and assignments which might be seen within the health heart, based on Williams.

“Having the health heart in place will give the school, workers and college students a chance to train whereas on campus. I imagine it will likely be most helpful to those that use it,” mentioned Zay’Aunna Beard, a senior sports activities administration scholar.

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