CH-UH schools raise funds for heart health
The CH-UH City School District raised nearly $20,000 for the American Heart Association (AHA) this past school year, through various “Red Out” events. The AHA uses money raised through such campaigns to fund cardiovascular research, preventative education, quality improvement initiatives in hospitals, and advocacy work in Ohio.
Several CH-UH elementary schools participated in Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart fundraisers, where students jump rope and play basketball at school while soliciting donations from friends, family and the community.
Through these programs, students learn the importance of physical activity, proper nutrition and saying no to smoking to maintain a healthy heart.
Board of Education (BOE) staff celebrated Red Out Day on each Friday in February, purchasing T-shirts for the occasion through the AHA.
Talisa Dixon, CH-UH schools superintendent, has served on the local AHA board of directors since 2016.
In what has become an annual tradition, Roxboro Elementary School celebrated this year's fundraising success with jump-rope demonstrations, cheering, and pies-in-the-face for staff. The school raised $11,453.20 for the AHA this year, placing fourth out of 114 schools in the region comprising Lake, Geauga, Ashtabula and Medina counties, and half of Cuyahoga County, and placing 44th out of more than 1,200 participating schools in Ohio.
This year’s fundraising totals by school and office were: Roxboro Elementary, $11,453.20; Gearity Professional Development, $3,407.83; Noble Elementary, $1,542.50; Fairfax Elementary, $864; Oxford Elementary, $674.21; BOE office, $560; Heights High, $500; Canterbury Elementary, $400; Boulevard Elementary, $280.
Cathan Cavanaugh is the communications administrative assistant for the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District.