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A Pie in the Face for Heart Disease at Bolivar Richburg Elementary


Students competed for the right to “pie” teachers to raise money in the Kids Heart Challenge

During the first week of February, students at Bolivar-Richburg Elementary School jumped all over heart disease and stroke by participating in the Kids Heart Challenge. Students in grades K-5 participated in the challenge, raising over $13,000 for the American Heart Association.

The total amount raised was revealed to students and staff at an assembly on March 10. To celebrate their hard work, the top fundraiser from each grade level was given the opportunity to put a pie in the face of a teacher of their choice. The schoolwide top fundraiser, Zoey Galayda, earned the right to “slime” her physical education teacher Mr. Pettit.

The Kids Heart Challenge is co-sponsored by the American Heart Association and SHAPE America (Society of Health and Physical Educators). The challenge encourages heart-healthy behavior as students pledge to be more physically active, drink more water and be kind to others. Dollars raised through the program will fund research, programs, and education to fight heart disease and stroke.

The top three classrooms that raised the most funds also received an award. Mrs. Ferris’ fourth grade class earned top honors by raising $1,818.

The students were given a charge to raise over $10,000 during the challenge. Since they exceed that amount, several faculty and staff members colored their hair to show their support of the students reaching their goal.

In conjunction with US Games, the Bolivar-Richburg Central School District earned over $800 in equipment for Physical Education classes. 

“I am more than impressed with what the students of Bolivar-Richburg Central School raised during this year’s Kids Heart Challenge,” commented elementary principal Megan Duke. “Not only do these funds go to a great cause, but I am thankful for the benefits it provides our physical education department.

Principal Megan Duke took the pie in the face with a smile

A very special thank you to Mrs. Auman, who year after year, takes on organizing this event. Another successful year is directly related to her efforts, which includes a lot of time spent outside of her regular duties.”

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