The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

June 12, 2014

County schools raise over $10K for AHA group


— The American Heart Association is proud to announce that Fayette County schools helped bring in over $10,000 towards the fight against our #1 killer: Heart disease. Fourteen out of the 18 schools in the district completed a Jump Rope For Heart event with their students in an effort to raise life-saving funds for the American Heart Association.

“These schools have truly been amazing this year,” said Michelle Loehr, youth markets director for the American Heart Association. “It’s so wonderful to see such a dedicated group of teachers and students coming together to help save lives in their community.”

The top three fund raising schools this year were Collins Middle School (Joe Gutshall, coordinator), Fayetteville Elementary kindergarten through first grade classes (Kristi Light, coordinator), and Fayetteville Elementary grades 2 through 6 (Joe Dean, coordinator).

“It’s the commitment of the schools’ coordinators and the passion of their students that makes the Jump Rope For Heart program continue to grow here in Fayette County,” added Loehr.

Along with a fundraising commitment, the Fayette County Board of Education was also issued a Fit-Friendly Gold level Award from the American Heart Association. This award is given to companies that show a strong commitment to the health and well-being of their employees.

“It’s just wonderful to see the commitment to staff health and wellness that the Board of Education shows here in Fayette County,” said Loehr. “They really do go above and beyond and that seems to impact their various students as well.”

Loehr added that one of the main people who have helped implement the Jump Rope For Heart program into the school system is David Seay, director of food services with the Fayette County Board of Education.

“Without David’s commitment to our mission we wouldn’t have the successes we have had this year in Fayette County,” said Loehr. “I can’t thank him enough for his enthusiasm and dedication.”

For more information contact Michelle Loehr at 304-444-1268.