By The Hampton Herald Staff
Hampton Elementary School is participating in the Kids Heart Challenge during the month of February to help raise money for families with kids who have heart defects and diseases. The Kids Heart Challenge first started in 1949 by The American Heart Association. Since 1949 all states have participated in the Kids Heart Challenge to help raise money for kids with heart defects and heart diseases. Also, since 1949 they have made over four billion dollars. The money has gone to research and surgeries.
Students at Hampton received information about the Kids Heart Challenge from their physical education teacher, Mrs. Cavender, during their classes. Students took that information home, and shared it with their families, friends, and anyone else who wants to donate money.
Mrs. Cavender has been in charge of the Kids Heart Challenge for three years, but because of the COVID-19 Pandemic, she was only able to lead it for two years. She enjoys running the program for Hampton.
“It’s very gratifying because of the money we’ve raised, and because it helps these kids,” said Mrs. Cavender.
Although Mrs. Cavender really enjoys running the program, there are some challenges.
“It’s very fun to do this but it’s really difficult because I had to get all the prizes, and they had to ship it to me,” said Mrs.Cavender.
To encourage participation, students receive prizes when they sign up for the Kids Hearts Challenge and when they raise certain amounts of money. The goal for this year at Hampton was to raise $10,000. Right now they have raise $13,494.62. Students have until the end of February to sign up and donate.