LANSING | Students in Oak Glen School’s third-, fourth- and fifth-grade classes participated in a fundraiser for the American Heart Association called “Hoops for Heart.”
Through collecting donations, 110 students raised $3,442.74, the largest amount the school has raised for an American Heart Association fundraiser event. The fundraising goal for the event had been set at $1,500.
Following the fundraising drive, an event was held at school where the participating students spent time shooting hoops at several stations in the school’s new gym. Also attending were two members of the South Suburban College basketball team, Patrick Coleman and Anthony Strickland.
Strickland, who is from Rockford, Ill., is a point guard on the team.
“This is a good opportunity for the kids to have fun and meet players and it’s nice to see smiles on their faces,” he said.
Coleman enjoyed shooting baskets with the students.
“I like being around little kids. I have a lot of brothers and sisters,” he said.
Cheryl Barbaro is a fourth-grade teacher at the school who organized the event with a team of fellow teachers.
“It’s great fundraiser for the kids to do. It teaches them how they can help other people who are not as fortunate as them and who have heart problems,” Barbaro said. “We would like the students to understand the importance of developing heart-healthy habits, that being physically active can be fun, and that raising funds to support cardiovascular research and education can help save lives across the country.”
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