Forest North donates $3K to the American Heart Association

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“It’s good for our students to see that no matter what your background is, you can help out people in need. Even $5 can make a huge impact.”

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Students at Forest North Elementary School combined philanthropy and athletics to raise more than $3,028 for the American Heart Association in two weeks.

Forest North Physical Education Teacher Amanda Chadney led the American Heart Association Jump Rope for Heart initiative, which teaches students about a heart-healthy lifestyle in a fun way. The students participated in jump rope and hula hoop activities for two weeks, leading up to a celebration day where the classes held jump rope and hula hoop competitions.

“We had tons of kids participating, even if it was just them bringing me their piggy bank,” Chadney said. “It’s good for our students to see that no matter what your background is, you can help out people in need. Even $5 can make a huge impact.”

The cause was especially near to Chadney, whose son was born with congenital heart disease and has undergone open-heart surgery. Chadney brought her six-year-old son to Forest North to speak to students about his life and the importance of the American Heart Association.

“Learning about healthy lifestyles is incredibly important at a young age,” Forest North Principal Amy Jacobs said. “I am proud to see the Forest North community come together to generously give back to a cause that touches so many lives, including Mrs. Chadney.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]