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Last year, thousands of Missouri students raised funds to fight heart disease and stroke through research and education by participating in the American Heart Association’s Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart events throughout the state. In total, more than $1.1 million dollars were raised at more than 700 events in Missouri during the last school year.
The top 10 Missouri schools raising funds through Jump Rope for Heart during the 2009-10 school year are:
Rockport Heights Elementary, Arnold, MO – $23,037
Community School, St. Louis, MO – $15,355
Reed Elementary, St. Louis, MO – $14,708
Truman Elementary, St. Louis, MO – $14,054
Eugene Field Elementary, Maryville, MO – $10,414
Old Bonhomme Elementary, St. Louis, MO – $9,449
Harris Elementary, St. Charles, MO – $8,616
Coleman Elementary, St. Joseph, MO – $8,299
Ross Elementary, St. Louis, MO – $6,999
Warrior Ridge Elementary, Warrenton, MO – $6,810
The top 10 Missouri schools raising funds through Hoops for Heart during the 2009-2010 school year are:
Odessa Upper Elementary, Odessa, MO – $9,528
West Middle School, O’Fallon, MO – $6,459
Ladue Middle School, St. Louis, MO – $5,291
Macon Elementary, Macon, MO – $4,550
Lamar Elementary, Lamar, MO – $4,467
Cole Camp Elementary, Cole Camp, MO – $3,969
Bryan Middle School, St. Charles, MO – $3,701
Central Elementary, Park Hills, MO – $3,408
Gainesville Elementary, Gainesville, MO – $3,232
Troy Middle School, Troy, MO – $3,124
“We are grateful to every school that participates in Jump Rope For Heart and Hoops For Heart,” said Angie Galindo, Regional Vice President of Youth Market for the American Heart Association. “Participation in events like these not only helps to teach children about the importance of health, but empowers students as they provide vital community service and discover that they can make a difference.”
About Hoops For Heart and Jump Rope For Heart:
Jump Rope For Heart and Hoops For Heart are national school-based education and fund-raising programs. These events engage elementary and middle school students with jumping rope or playing basketball, empowering them to improve their own health while helping other kids with heart-health issues. Participating schools are eligible to earn gift certificates for physical education equipment.
Heart disease is the #1 killer of men and women in the United States each year and is also the #1 birth defect. The funds raised through school events across Missouri, and throughout the nation, are crucial to enabling the research and education that is proven to save lives.
To learn about Hoops For Heart, visit www.americanheart.org/hoops.
To learn more about Jump Rope For Heart, visit www.americanheart.org/jump.
For additional details on the American Heart Association and its lifesaving mission “to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke,” please visit www.americanheart.org.
About the American Heart Association:
Founded in 1924, the American Heart Association today is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke. These diseases, America’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers, and all other cardiovascular diseases claim nearly 870,000 lives a year. In fiscal year 2006–07 the association invested more than $554 million in research, professional and public education, advocacy and community service programs to help all Americans live longer, healthier lives.
To learn more, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or www.americanheart.org.