St. Michael students go red for heart campaign

St. Michael School recently participated in the American Heart Association Jump for Heart Campaign for the eighth year. Alicea Verduzco, left, has been the school's top fundraiser for four consecutive years, earning her "Heart Hero" status and gold medallions, while Principal Peg Harangody guides the school's weeklong fundraising efforts.

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SCHERERVILLE | The St. Michael School community generously raised $8,351.06 during this year’s HEART campaign, bringing the eight-year total to $51,100. This year, 187 St. Michael students participated, starting with the school’s third annual Red Out. To show  support for the American Heart Association, the student body and teachers wore their red shirts and took a stance against heart disease by forming a giant heart in the gym. Class competitions and jumping activities took place during gym classes all week. Alicea Verduzco, a third-grader, has been very successful reaching out to family and friends for donations. The school's top fundraiser since she enrolled as a kindergartener, this year Verduzco raised $1,785. In four short years, she has raised more than $5,715. "My 'heartfelt' thanks to all of the St. Michael’s students, teachers, families, friends and parishioners who joined the cause to raise money for the American Heart Association in their venture to raise awareness against heart disease," Principal Peg Harangody said.

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