CROWN POINT | Fact: 29.9 percent of children are obese or overweight and heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.
What better reason for Taft Middle School in Crown Point to team up with the American Heart Association? The Physical Education and Health departments, with help from the National Honor Society, began their school wide fundraiser on Feb. 15. As of Feb. 25 the students have raised over $5,500. The last day to raise funds is March 14. On March 15, a Hoops For Heart Dance and shooting contest will take place.
“Almost everyone knows someone who has been affected by heart disease or who has had a heart attack. The kids have really done an amazing job," Angie Smith, Health and P.E. teacher said.
Sharron Hilliard, Taft’s coordinator of the event, is “awed and inspired” by the support of the Taft students, their families, and the Crown Point community.
“I have been living and teaching Health and Physical Education in Crown Point for many, many years and I know how important our community feels a healthy active lifestyle is," Hilliard said. "Our curriculum supports the importance of that lifestyle, and making positive lifestyle choices. The community is supporting us, and this project, by their generous donations to this worthy cause. We thank you.”
Anyone interested in donating to the American Heart Association and supporting Taft Middle School’s efforts should contact any student at Taft, or the school office, to join the team.