Sunday, June 16, 2019

VHS students raise over $4,800 for heart association

Top money makers for Hoops for Hearts, left to right, are Makayla Rice, Tiffany Meyers, Mathew Keith, Samantha Charles and Katie Heaton.

Top students that collected the highest amount in donations were Samantha Charles, Matthew Keith, Tiffany Meyers, Mikayla Rice, and Katie Heaton.

Funds raised were presented to Kathy Alexander, the Illinois youth market director for the American Heart Association, on February 15.

Beth Palmer, VHS PE teacher, left, and Kathy Alexander, Illinois youth market director for the American Heart Association.

Mrs. Palmer kicked off the campaign with an assembly to educate students about heart disease and stroke, our Nation’s Number 1 and Number 3 killers. The assembly included information about the risk factors of the disease, and the importance of fundraising for the American Heart Association, the major organization that spearheads the fight against heart disease and stroke.

The campaign culminated with a half day of “hoop” related activities, including a knock-out contest, and 3-on-3 tournament, a free throw contest, a hot shot contest, and a three point contest.  Many VHS students competed in the events, and the ones who didn’t compete were in attendance to cheer on their favorite competitors.

Hoops for Heart emphasizes the importance of exercise, heart health, nutrition and community involvement.

Students set a fundraising goal and also created a website that parents and community members used to make online donations and learn more about the program.

This is the first time Vienna High School has participated in Hoops for Heart. Ms. Alexander of the American Heart Association was overwhelmed by the response of the VHS student body, and by the coordination efforts of Mrs. Palmer.  She stated, “This accomplishment is truly remarkable!  For a school this size to raise so much money, and get every student involved in the event is a phenomenal feat!  I extend my highest compliments to Mrs. Palmer and the students of VHS for their outstanding efforts in fighting heart disease.”

For more information about the Hoops for Heart fundraiser of the American Cancer Society, visit

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