Posted: Monday, September 10, 2012

The friendly Spirit Week competitions between rival high schools Eastside and Wade Hampton, and Greenville and J.L. Mann, ended Friday night when these four schools raised combined donations of $586,226.35 for local charities.

Eastside High will donate $150,020.13 to the Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics, while Wade Hampton High’s $206,083.66 will be donated to the Meyer Center for Special Children. Greenville High Academy students raised $112,754.94 for Chris and Kelly’s Hope Foundation, an agency that works to prevent drug addiction. The money raised by J.L. Mann High Academy's students – an impressive $117,367.62 – will be donated to Project Hope Foundation for children with autism.

Many GCS high schools host a Spirit Week competition, which often includes activities such as volleyball, basketball and dodge ball tournaments, silent auctions, hot dog and spaghetti dinners, profits from local restaurant sales, and midnight movies. Each school’s Student Council selects an agency or organization as the recipient of funds raised during Spirit Week. Students, faculty, parents, and community members are building strong, caring relationships while learning first-hand about agencies that serve the needs of our community.

Spirit Week fundraisers scheduled for later this year:

GCS students at all grade levels - high, middle, and elementary – raise money at the school level for various charitable organizations.

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