Schools in the Wentzville School District raised more than $110,000 last year for the American Heart Association (AHA).
Students in 15 of the district’s schools held fundraisers over the course of the school year that included Jump Rope for Heart, Hoops for Heart, Red Out, and Dodgeball for Heart. During the 2015-16 school year, district schools raised over $80,000, so this year’s total represents an increase of 37 percent.
According to the AHA, this equates to the Wentzville School District helping to save over 2,200 lives right in our own area. Funds raised for the AHA go towards research, education and medication to fight heart disease in Missouri. The participating schools also received over $7,700 in vouchers that they can use to purchase physical education equipment through the program. During the various fundraisers, students learned about the importance of heart health education and how to take care of their own hearts as well as the special hearts of others.
Discovery Ridge Elementary raised over $26,000 in their Jump Rope for Heart campaign, the most of any school in St. Charles County and the third highest amount for any school in Missouri. According to Barb Reyering, Youth Marketing Director for the AHA – Midwest Affiliate, the Wentzville School District as a whole is ranked fourth in the State in terms of donations raised for the AHA.
“Our number one goal is to educate students so that they can potentially extend their lives by as much as five years if they start to live a heart healthy life now. This past year we were able to get our message out to more students than ever before,” said Reyering. “The physical education teachers and nurses in the WSD do a tremendous job of promoting heart healthy living.”