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 $42,268.56 through Jump Rope for Heart, Hoops for Heart and Red Out Day activities.

As in past years, Lannon, Marcy and Woodside elementary school fitness education teachers coordinated their school’s participation in Jump Rope for Heart, 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.

For the 12th consecutive year Templeton Middle School hosted a “Red Out” spirit day during the school basketball tournament. Red T-shirts are purchased with proceeds going to the American Heart Association. In addition, an afterschool basketball tournament is held in which participant fees are donated. These events were also coordinated through by the school’s fitness education teachers.