Madisonville Elementary first and second graders have raised over $2,000 dollars so far this year for heart disease with their Kids Heart Challenge through the American Heart Association and celebrated with their annual Jump-athon on Friday in the gymnasium.
The program has been going strong through the American Heart Association for 40 years and Madisonville Elementary P.E. Teacher Kay Welch has been running the event in Madisonville for over 20 years. Since she brought the program to Madisonville, first and second graders have raised a grand total of over $100,000.
“Anytime I ask the students who knows someone who has been affected by heart disease, all of their hands shoot up,” said Welch. “The kids love the Jump-athon. A lot of parents come and many participate themselves.”
The total goal for first and second graders is $6,300 after they raised over $5,300 last year. The kids receive donations from various places such as family members or through online campaigns. The kids who raised the most money were awarded prizes at the Jump-athon.
The students could set up accounts through the American Heart Association online and Welch could keep track of their progress.