Oakwood giving from the HEART Updated!

Most of the Oakwood students who participated in securing donations gather for a group photo. Thank you to the entire Oakwood community and especially Oakwood PE teachers left to right back row: Robin Rosa, Angela Meringolo, and Curt Russell for all their hard work.
Most of the Oakwood students who participated in securing donations gather for a group photo. Thank you to the entire Oakwood community and especially Oakwood PE teachers left to right back row: Robin Rosa, Angela Meringolo, and Curt Russell for all their hard work.

This past February, Oakwood Primary Center’s kindergarten, first- and second-grade students participated in Jump Rope for the Heart.  This was a voluntary fundraising program for heart disease research, which is affiliated with the American Heart Association. 

During their Physical Education classes the students traveled through an obstacle course that resembles the human body.  They moved from station to station participating in a variety of exercises and jumping activities such as jump rope, sit-ups, push-ups and scooters.  For participating in these activities, each student received a certificate and sticker from the American Heart Association. Oakwood has participated in this event for the past 10 years and has raised an average of $3500 per year. We are very happy to report that this year, after a late influx of donations, the Oakwood school community has surpassed $10,000 and they are still counting. Way to Go Oakwood!

The main goal of this activity is to raise money for The American Heart Association. However research shows that the habits and choices developed in childhood influence whether or not a person develops heart disease later in life. More importantly the students have FUN while participating in a worthy cause. We thank the Oakwood school community who graciously donated from their heart for the American Heart Association.