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"Heart Heroes" Make A Difference At St. Anne Catholic Elementary School

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Gr. 4 student Koby Richer, a student at St. Anne School in Hanmer, got his heart pumping while participating within the Heart and Stroke Foundations "Jump Rope for Heart" fundraiser. Fellow classmate, Cole Hamilton, watches on to see Koby not
only jump to help others, but to also jump and promote his own good health through physical activity.

May 30, 2011 - Primary and Junior students at St. Anne School in Hanmer questioned teacher, Mrs. Desmarais. "What is a Heart Hero?" Mrs. Desmarais' response was that a Heart Hero was anyone that wanted to help keep all kid's hearts strong and healthy. She outlined to students how they could work together to make a difference not only to their own health, but to the future of healthy hearts everywhere. Those words were all that the Catholic Board students needed to hear. In association with the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the elementary students participated in the "Jump Rope for Heart" fundraiser.

The students prepared for the event by raising pledges. Next, they began a campaign of improving their skipping skills and stamina during gym classes and recesses. A skipping "phenomena" took over the school. The school administration and teachers helped with the excitement by offering incentives for students with the most pledges. Goals of $1000.00 to $5000.00 or more would result in students being able to throw pies at staff members in front of the entire student body. Mr. Guy Mathieu, the school principal, stated, "The amount of enthusiasm that has been generated with this fundraiser is incredible! I am always amazed at the school spirit demonstrated by the students, not only with their efforts in bringing in pledges, but also at their enthusiasm within the gym at the actual pie throwing contest." All money amounts raised are put to good use by the Heart and Stroke Foundation. A pledge of as little as $5.00 can be used to purchase test tubes for lifesaving research, while funds of up to $150.00 can be used to buy a blood pressure monitor to keep patients healthy.

The fundraising activity was a huge success! More than $5000.00 was raised. A school assembly will be held in June where staff members will keep their promises to the St. Anne "Heart Heroes." Even though the Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser is over, school skipping ropes are still in demand by students in all grade levels. The Sudbury Catholic Board students have learned, "They can make a difference in the lives of others!" Way to go Angels!

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