Students at Indian Creek Elementary School recently raised $14,500 for the American Heart Association.
As a part of this “Heart Heroes” event, students and teachers decorated classroom doors and hallways in the theme of superheroes. The school also had special dress-up days, including “Hat Day” and “Favorite Team Day.”
Dena Stropes, ICES physical education teacher, coordinated the event that had special meaning. Her husband, Kevin, died a few years ago from a heart attack.
“This fundraiser, of course, is near and dear to my heart. Kevin used to help me every year and was always so excited for the kids. I know he is proud of this school,” she said.
As a part of the festivities, students received incentives such as bracelets, clip-on hero characters, jump ropes, t-shirts, and basketballs for raising certain amounts of money. Keith Grant, ICES principal, also volunteered his services.
All 110 students who raised at least $50 will get to cover the principal with silly string. Stropes thanked Grant for “always going above” and said that the students are so excited.
She added, “I am always so humbled by this community’s generosity. We have the best students in the world. They show so much love, compassion, and kindness everyday.”