The Fort Zumwalt School District made history in 2014 by raising more money for the American Heart Association than any other school district in Missouri.
“This year the Fort Zumwalt School District raised $100,017,” said Barb Reyering, youth marketing director for the American Heart Association. She also noted that “almost all of these donations stay in our area for research, treatments, medicine, prevention and awareness of heart disease.”
Twin Chimney Elementary was ranked No. 3 in the state, raising over $18,400.
“I’m really proud that our students from throughout the district made a unified effort at serious community service,” said Superintendent Dr. Bernie DuBray.
According to Reyering, heart disease and stroke are the No. 1 and No. 4 killers of all Americans and will affect 1 in 3 people. She presented a plaque to the Fort Zumwalt Board of Education on Aug. 18 noting the association’s appreciation.
“The American Heart Association would like to thank the generosity of the parents and the community for helping this important lifesaving cause,” said Reyering.
Reyering credited the physical education teachers in the district for continuing to support Jump Rope, Hoops and Dodgeball for Heart.
Students participate in those events during gym class, either jumping rope, or playing basketball or dodgeball. In addition to learning about staying active, students also learn about how to keep their heart healthy while raising donations for the American Heart Association.
In the Francis Howell District, Castlio Elementary also was recognized for its Hoops for Heart success. Its students raised $7,855 for the American Heart Association.
For the 2013-14 school year, $2.3 million was raised at the nearly 850 events held statewide.