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 (AHA) this year through fitness activities that emphasize healthy living. Combined, schools raised more than $33,000 through Kids Heart Challenge and Red Out activities.Marcy students Heart

Fitness education teachers at Lannon, Maple Avenue and Marcy Elementary Schools coordinated student participation in Kids Heart Challenge, a fundraising and physical activity program that teaches school-aged children how to keep fit and healthy while having fun and raising funds for heart disease research and education.

Hamilton High School and Templeton Middle School fitness education teachers held a Red Out game night during a boys volleyball game and a lightning tournament, respectively. Red Out t-shirts were sold at the game to promote awareness and raise funds for fighting heart disease and strokes.

AHA celebrated 40 years of school events this year. Kids Heart Challenge combines the past Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart events with an online challenge for students to develop heart-healthy habits while being physically active.