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Berkeley County Schools Named Top Fundraising District by American Heart Association

Students and staff throughout Berkley County Schools collectively raised over $91,000 through their school level Hoops for Heart and Jump Rope for Heart challenges and were once again named the top fundraising school district in West Virginia.

Five Berkeley County schools were recognized as members of the top 10 fundraisers statewide by Heather Decker, Youth Market Director for the American Heart Association. Spring Mills Primary School, under the leadership of physical education teacher, Lisa Bogolin, raised $17,125.00 and was named top Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser in the state. Valley View Elementary placed 5th raising $8761, followed by Potomack Intermediate School in 9th place raising over $6900.00.

Hedgesville Middle School received 2nd place honors for raising over $8100 in their Hoops for Heart efforts. Spring Mills Middle School raised $4750 earning 7th place.

“Both Hoops for Heart and Jump Rope for Heart include cardio-pumping activities that go beyond the simple joy of exercise. Students pledge to be more physically active, drink more water and do a good deed, said Elaine Bobo, Director of Communications for Berkley County Schools. “We are so proud of their desire to learn the importance of serving others and how physical activity will benefit their bodies. While raising funds to further research and education is important, the lessons learned may help prevent heart disease or stroke in the future”.