Greensburg Salem seeking investments on fitness
Many Greensburg Salem School District residents will receive letters soon seeking contributions to buy new equipment for a center aimed at improving student health.
A committee consisting of prominent district residents wants to purchase new equipment for the Greensburg Salem Wellness and Fitness Center, formerly the Alumni Fitness Center, at the high school.
“What we're looking at is kids that need exercise,” said Jennings Womack, committee chairman. “There are a lot of them. We're looking at it not only for sports programs but teaching kids a healthy lifestyle.”
The equipment will replace other equipment put in when the center was started years ago.
“We were fortunate to be able to purchase equipment that was useful initially,” said Lynn Jobe, a committee member and the district's athletic director. “Now that we've gotten our use out if it, it's worn, some is obsolete ... and it's time to replace it.
The committee hopes to raise about $185,000 as part of a three-phase effort centered on foundations, businesses and individuals, Womack said.
So far, $51,300 has been raised, he said.
“We're just getting started,” Womack added. “This is going to take us well into the summer.”
Contributions are tax-deductible.
The center will be used by both athletes in district sports program and students for their health-class labs, Womack and Jobe said.
Often people who learn to exercise at a young age continue to work out into adulthood, Jobe said.
“It's a great program we're trying to get off the ground,” she said. “We're trying to give kids the opportunity to be healthy and fit.“
The equipment will be installed in phases, with district coaches, physical education instructors and others knowledgeable about exercise devices selecting what is purchased, Jobe said.
The mailings for contributions are expected to go out in the next few weeks, Jobe said.
Womack anticipated the funding goal can be reached.
“I'm hopeful,” he said. “Can I give a guarantee we'll get it? No, but I'm optimistic.”
Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6622 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Hookah bar on tap for Greensburg
- Ex-Milwaukee archbishop told he can’t spend final days at St. Vincent Archabbey
- 3 identified in Route 66 crash near Delmont
- Greensburg pawn shop aids in arrest of home repair scam suspect
- PennDOT to stabilize rock slide along Penn Adamsburg Road in Hempfield
- Greensburg man charged with assaulting hospital guard
- Walker: Latrobe gets ready to welcome Steelers back to camp
- Westmoreland County gets the word out about drug problem
- Entrapment, injury reported in Derry Township accident
- Unity zoning board OKs cellphone tower project
- Mt. Pleasant Relay for Life participants unfazed by rain