During the 2017-18 school year, J.B. Watkins Elementary School students in Chesterfield, Virginia took over 400 heart healthy challenges and raised over $42,000 for the American Heart Association, making them the No. 1 school in Virginia and the No. 19 school in the country for their participation with the association. Students pledged to either drink water in place of sugary sweetened beverages, eat a fruit or vegetable with every meal or exercise for 60 minutes a day.
Tex Stinnett was the top donor bringing in $1,000 and winning the opportunity to throw a pie in the face of PE teacher, Corey Cotman. Cotman along with fellow PE teacher, Chris Bourne, coordinated the efforts at the school. Cotman says, “Working with the American Heart Association is a win-win for us. The main reason we participate is to help bring positive change. On one hand, we are teaching students how to live a healthy lifestyle at a young age, and on the other hand, we are spreading awareness about heart disease while raising money to help people live longer.”
Students also competed in a jump roping contest for most consecutive jumps. The winners from each grade level were Ava Ellsworth for the 5th grade, Emily Quyle for the 4th grade, Sam Schwabe for the 3rd grade and Lila Prisco for the 2nd grade.
The American Heart Association is presenting a new youth program this coming school year called Kids Heart Challenge. The program includes emotional well-being and character building in addition to physical and nutritional health components to help students build healthy and successful lives. If you’re interested in hosting a program at your child’s school to benefit the American Heart Association, please contact Christie Church at email@example.com or call 440-228-5240.
Photo caption: Tex Stinnet throws a pie in the face of PE teacher, Corey Cotman, for raising the most dollars for the American Heart Association.