At last!: Greenwood gets new gym after 50 years of waiting
For more than five decades, a gymnasium has been at the top of Greenwood Elementary School’s wish list.
The school’s wish was finally fulfilled Friday as Florence One Schools officials joined present and former Greenwood staff and faculty and students at a ribbon cutting for its new facility.
Along with a gym, the 5,660 square-foot building also has multipurpose rooms, storage and utility spaces. The gymnasium, which can seat up to 499 people, will serve kindergarten through sixth grade students.
Prior to the completion of the gym building, Greenwood students used two mobile classrooms joined together for their physical education classes.
“The completion of construction of the gymnasium on campus at Greenwood Elementary School ends a long wait by the school community there for a suitable physical education and activities facility,” said S. Porter Stewart, Chairman of the Florence 1 Schools Board of Trustees. “It will greatly enhance the educational experiences for the students there and adds to that school location as a community resource. For all of those reasons, I am happy to see this gym dedicated since it will meet so many needs at this school.”
Joey Goforth, architect of the facility, explained that the facility is finished in a wood gymnasium floor and equipped with suspended basketball goals with sufficient ceiling height to accommodate basketball, volleyball, and other physical sports as well as recreational activities traditionally found in elementary schools.
Goforth also said the facility is provided with a stage and sound system to accommodate assemblies as well. Goforth went on to describe the stage which has projection capabilities to provide multimedia presentations to over 400 students.
“The addition of a gymnasium to the Greenwood Elementary School campus is a dream come true for our community,” said Greenwood Elementary School Principal Dr. Susan Collins. “Physical education and activity are a key to the development of healthy life habits, and this has never been more important for our children than it is right now. This new facility will provide an exceptional learning environment for our physical education teachers to deliver instruction and for our students to learn and grow.”
Collins went on to say the gymnasium platform and presentation technology as well as restroom facilities “will provide us with an ideal space for assemblies, programs and performances. I can’t wait for the students and community to see it when the doors open.”
“It is wonderful that our students finally have the miracle moment of their gymnasium,” said Florence 1 Schools Board of Trustees member Bryan Chapman.
Florence One School District officials join Greenwood staff and students in a ceremonial ribbon cutting on Friday.
Students, teachers, and faculty members dance during Friday’s ceremony.