West Chester Area SD Raises Over $100,000 for the American Heart Association

SMS Hoops for a HeartStetson Middle School students participate in the 14th annual “Hoops for Heart” Basketball Tournament to raise over $6,000 for the American Heart Association’s American Heart Challenge. (Submitted Image)

WEST CHESTER, PA — There is no shortage of ‘heart’ in the West Chester Area School District (WCASD) as the District’s charitable efforts raised over $106,000 in the 2021-22 school year to benefit the American Heart Association (AHA).

Katie Baver, Youth Market Director for the AHA, said the West Chester Area School District was the top district for fundraising in Chester County as well as the Delaware and Philadelphia counties.

“The West Chester Area School District has tremendously impacted the American Heart Association. Over the time we have partnered together, there have been 34,874 potential life savers from the funds raised,” said Baver.

WCASD’s partnership with the AHA began in 1998. To date, the District has raised nearly $1.8 million.

“We are so gracious to have such a supportive district, like West Chester. Their volunteers champion our program, and their families are so giving to a cause that affects so many. I am so lucky to be able to work with WCASD to bring our program to life year after year,” added Baver.

Donations to AHA were collected through the Kids Heart Challenge and American Heart Challenge events held at the district’s elementary and middle schools. The fundraisers not only support the overall mission of the AHA but for students, they also help students learn the importance of giving back to others while participating in heart-healthy physical activities.

Teresa DeVono, Vice President of Youth Markets, Eastern States for AHA, also shared her appreciation for the partnership. “We appreciate the district’s support of our mission through educating our youth, families, and community about the importance of heart health. Together we encourage exercise, eating nutritious foods, living tobacco/vape free as well as the importance of social and emotional well-being. We extend our sincerest appreciation to the educators who join us through our Kids Heart Challenge and American Heart Challenge programs,” said DeVono.

Glen Acres and Hillsdale Elementary Schools were ranked in the Top 25 Schools in the Eastern States region to fundraise for AHA, a designation that encompasses 13 states. After raising almost $40,000 last school year, Glen Acres Elementary ranked number 2 in the Eastern States Region and number 1 in Chester County.

“We are tremendously grateful for our staff, students, and families,” said Superintendent Bob Sokolowski. “They continuously demonstrate that our community has a huge heart and finds creative ways to both learn important lessons and to give back to others.

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