Students at Churchville Elementary School recently celebrated their community’s generosity and their own hard work as they ended this year’s Hoops for Heart fund drive with a record-setting total raised of over $21,230.
This pushes the school’s 17-year contributions to the American Heart Association to more than $100,000.
“Last year, the Churchville community supported our kids by giving the largest amount we’d ever raised,” said Brooke Elnicky, program coordinator and physical education teacher. “We weren’t sure it was realistic to set a goal of $20,000 to surpass that record, but the students were determined. They did an amazing job.”
This year’s Honorary Heart Hero, CES first-grader Leighla Garrand, was honored at the assembly. Her mother, Tawna Bailey, thanked students for supporting her daughter and others who live with difficult heart problems through their work with Hoops for Heart.
“While all of our students get involved in the heart-healthy activities and learn about citizenship and caring for others, it’s astounding that 233 kids from all grade levels were active fundraisers, many raising $300 or more each,” said Dave Johnson, principal. “One of our classes had an 86 percent participation rate. The top fundraiser, Logan Williamson, raised $972.”
Second-grader Williamson was named Principal for the Day in recognition of his accomplishment. He is the first student to sit at Johnson’s desk twice; he also took top honors in 2016.
More than 3,000 schools nationwide participate in the Hoops for Heart and Jump Rope for Heart programs. The events promote sports and fitness, educate students in the risks of heart disease and stroke and help lay the groundwork for lifelong community activism and volunteering.
The Churchville community takes the annual Hoops for Heart event very seriously. CES raised over $19,000 in 2017, and consistently places in the top echelon of the state’s fundraising schools.