St. John's Lutheran School in Bakersfield celebrated on Friday after pupils there generated approximately $40,000 in donations for the American Heart Association. The children had a great time while celebrating their accomplishments and paying tribute to a classmate by engaging in a massive Silly String fight.
How the students were able to raise that money is described by Morgan Porter, senior director for the American Heart Association.
"With Kids Heart Challenge, they engage their friends and family to spread the word about heart health education and then to make a difference by raising funds to save lives," added Porter.
Students can enhance their health through the Kids Heart Challenge by engaging in cardio-based exercises, making commitments to maintain an active lifestyle, and doing acts of kindness.
Given that fellow student, Ash Anderson and his sister Emma served as the pupils' inspirations, their accomplishments are all the more noteworthy. Ash underwent open heart surgery when she was 5 years old due to various congenital cardiac abnormalities.
Ash responded, "Yes, I underwent heart surgery when I was, like... I don't know.”
According to Emma, the best aspect of the Kids Heart Challenge is assisting others.
We can assist those who, like my brother, are dealing with cardiac issues, added Emma.
Porter cites children like Ash as the reason why fundraising and awareness-raising efforts are crucial.
"He's enjoying a happy, healthy life now because of all the advances in technology, operations, and medicine, which the American Heart Association donations go and contribute to doing so and making an impact," said Porter.
At the celebration, prizes were also handed to the pupils who raised the most money. The school's best fundraiser overall was the first-grade class, who collectively contributed almost $9,579, while the top individual donor was a second grader, who contributed $2,038.
More than money, according to Porter.
The American Heart Association's representatives claim that this is one of the largest celebrations they have witnessed to date and promise to continue organizing such events and educating more children and families about heart health.
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