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Chase students save 93 hearts

May 2, 2018

students spray staff members with silly stringFor the past few weeks, students at Emma C. Chase Elementary School have been learning all about heart-healthy habits such as avoiding sugary drinks, getting rest and being active. It’s part of an initiative from the American Heart Association (AHA) called “Jump Rope for Heart.” Schools and students who participate in this initiative raise money to support the AHA and by learning important heart facts to share with their friends and families.

On April 27, the Chase community gathered to celebrate their participation in the program, and for some uber-dedicated fundraisers, to reap the rewards of their canvassing skills. When the program had initially kicked off, students learned they had a very silly incentive to work hard at raising money--that each student who raised more than $100 would have the opportunity to smother a surprise staff member with silly string.

 When the top fundraisers were announced, and the cans of silly string passed out, the students squealed with excitement to see the popular Security Guard, Andy Biro, walk through the doors in a plastic poncho. Physical Education Teacher Tami Coney joined Mr. Biro on the plastic tarp and the students let the silly string fly.

Jovi Roosa poses under a bannerStudent Jovi Roosa, who raised $460 learned that she had collected the largest amount of donations out of the school and as a reward, would have the gym named in her honor for a year.

Jonathan Schiller, the Chief Executive Officer of Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC), who sponsored the celebration, spoke of the organization’s commitment to a healthier Sullivan County and presented the school with a $250 donation for the school to use to purchase recess and physical education equipment, as well as a water bottle for each student.

Collectively, Chase students raised $4650 during the course of the initiative. With the AHA’s estimation that each $50 donation saves one heart, that means that thanks to these students more than 93 hearts are still beating strong.