By The Hampton Herald Staff
Hampton Elementary students in third through fifth grade are participating in Kids Heart Challenge during the month of February.
The Kids Heart Challenge is a program for schools run by the American Heart Association that supports scientific research against heart disease and supports families in need.
At Hampton, Mrs. Cavender, one of the physical education teachers, is in charge of Kids Heart Challenge.
“This event makes me very thankful and excited that we live in such an awesome community. Hampton always steps it up,” said Mrs. Cavender.
Hampton has been participating in this program for 11 years. The previous physical education teacher, Mrs. Corbo was in charge of it. A lot has changed since then. For example, Mrs. Corbo had to do everything on paper and now Mrs. Cavender is able to do everything digitally.
This year, Hampton’ fundraising goal is $14,000. So far, the Hampton community has raised $20,262.08. At this point, the top fundraising class is Ms. Martin’s fourth-grade class. The top-fundraising student is also in Ms. Martin’s homeroom.
Hampton has done so well exceeding their fundraising goals, that next year it will be even higher.
“I will up our goal by $2,000 next year,” Mrs. Cavender said.
Anyone can donate to Kids Heart Challenge including teachers, family members, and co-workers. To participate in Kids Heart Challenge, you must donate in February, but you can donate to the American Heart Association any time of year.
“I think you can donate to them whenever you can,” Mrs. Cavender said.
Kids who raise money for Kids Heart Challenge get to participate in
a free gym period, where they get to play different games and hang out with other students.
“We may have to split some classes into two days because we had so many students who donated this year,” Mrs. Cavender said.
In addition to participating in the free gym period, students who raise certain amounts of money also get dragon key chains and the opportunity to get a Mystery Bag.
The Kids Heart Challenge ends on Tuesday, February 14th, but people can continue to donate until Friday, February 17th.
We’ll see how much Hampton is able to raise by the end of the Challenge!