The Churchville community responded to recent fundraising efforts by students at Churchville Elementary School, with donations totaling over $18,300 for the American Heart Association’s Kids Heart Challenge.
The school has participated in AHA events since 2001, raising almost $120,000 for the organization.
Students celebrated their success with a schoolwide assembly honoring their own Heart Hero, student Georgia Baxter, and top student fundraisers Makenna McAllister ($580), Lilly Silvarole ($900) and Violet Wanck-Kann ($650).
“The entire school participated in the healthy heart challenge during PE classes and 185 students volunteered to raise donations,” said Bethany Matsko, program coordinator and physical education teacher. “Our kids here at CES take heart health very seriously on both a personal level and as good community members who want to help others.”
The highlight of the assembly was the promised reward for reaching the challenge goal: covering teachers, Assistant Principal Jamie Polhamus and Principal David Johnson with silly string.
Johnson invited Silvarole to take her place at his desk as principal for the day. When asked if she was looking forward to the role, she said no.
More than 3,000 schools nationwide participate in the AHA Kids Heart Challenge program. The events promote sports and fitness, educate students in the risks of heart disease and stroke, and lay the groundwork for lifelong community activism and volunteering.
The Churchville community takes the annual Hoops for Heart event seriously. CES raised over $21,000 in 2018 and consistently places in the top echelon of the state’s fundraising schools.