Free Lance-Star reporter Amy Umble covers Stafford County schools and other education issues

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Hoops to benefit CPR training, scholarships

Want to catch some hoops? Or see if your teacher’s got game?

Tonight, at 6 p.m. teachers from Margaret Brent Elementary School will take on teachers from Garrisonville Elementary School.

The game is a benefit to raise money to donate to Childrens Hospital in Washington D.C. and Richmond, create scholarship to award to students at each school, and to pay for CPR training for teachers.

The scholarships will be in honor of Gwyneth Griffin and Eleanor Sargent, two girls born with heart defects. Eleanor was the daughter of Ben Sargeant, a physical education teacher at Margaret Brent Elementary School. Gwyneth was an A.G. Wright Middle School student who died last summer after collapsing during school. You can read more about her story and her parents’ push to get more school staff members trained in CPR here.

The Griffins’ are scheduled to speak at tonight’s School Board meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. tonight. You can see what else is on the agenda here.

Back to the game: It’s at 6 p.m. at Mountain View High School. Tickets are $5 each and will be available at the door. So far, 175 tickets have been sold. Organizers hope to raise at least $2,000.