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Schools raise funds for heart association through activities

Students, staff and families in the Hamilton School District made significant contributions to support the American Heart Association this year through fitness activities that emphasize healthy living. Combined, schools raised $36,001 through Kids Heart Challenge, Red Out Day activities and free throw competition.

Marcy Elementary School topped its previous year’s fundraising total by more than $10,000. With a final tally of more than $34,788, Marcy finished third in the state. Fitness education teacher Devon Hauser coordinated the school’s participation in the Kids Heart Challenge, a fundraising and physical activity program that teaches school-aged children how to keep fit and healthy, all while having fun and raising vital funds for heart disease research and education. Children learn physical activities like rope-jumping to help improve their strength, gain confidence, build stamina and extend their physical abilities in other activities.

Hamilton High School hosted a “Red Out” spirit day during a boys’ volleyball game. Red T-shirts are purchased with proceeds going to the American Heart Association.

Templeton Middle School held a free throw competition These events were also coordinated through the school’s fitness education teachers.