By Markayla Johnson
VHS celebrated Valentine’s day with a lot of heart spirit this year! The annual American Heart Association Hoops for Heart event was held on February 14 in the gym. VHS raised a total of $4,004.20 for the American Heart Association! This money will be used to help fight heart disease and educate people on prevention strategies.
Various activities were available for students to get involved in the celebration. VHS PE teacher Mrs. Beth Palmer has coordinated this celebration event for the past two years. Mrs. Palmer plans to continue making this an annual event for as long as possible.
All VHS students were given the opportunity to participate in fundraising. The fundraising was completed by online and in-person donations, along with donations from local businesses. Another method to donate was by purchasing a Tribute Heart for $1. The Tribute Hearts were displayed in the VHS commons.
The celebration event began with an opening ceremony, which included the National Anthem sung by VHS Senior Ashton Loyd and her sister, Freshman Hannah Loyd. Next, the various competitions began. They included a 3 on 3 basketball tourney, free throw contest, knock out contest, 3 point contest, Hot Shot Couples contest, and a Hula Hoop Toss.
To promote healthy choices, a concession stand with healthy snacks was offered at the celebration. Snacks were available for purchase included fruit, granola bars, juice and bottled water. Also, the Certified Nursing Assistant class provided free blood pressure checks during the celebration under the supervision of VHS school nurse, Mrs. Reichert.
Ms. Kathy Alexander, a representative from the American Heart Association, participated in the celebration with VHS, and thanked Mrs. Palmer and the students and staff for all of the outstanding fundraising that had been accomplished.
Since VHS surpassed the fundraising goal of $3,000 Ms. Alexander will return to VHS for the reward event, in which the male faculty members partake in a “Fashion Show” to continue to raise awareness for the American Heart Association. At the fashion show, Mrs. Palmer will present the donation in the form of a “jumbo check” to the American Heart Association. Also during the event, Ms. Alexander will present Mrs. Palmer another American Heart Association Participation Banner to proudly display in the gym along with last year’s banner. Hopefully, the entire gym will be soon be decorated in banners!
Mrs. Palmer is very happy with the turnout for this year’s fundraising. She said, “It amazes me how much money our small school raises to help fight heart disease!”
This cause is something that Mrs. Palmer is very passionate about. She said “I truly believe in the VHS student body and I am very proud of everyone who helped make this possible.”