PE Teachers and Students Raise Nearly $40,000 for American Heart Association

American Heart Association

Thinking of others during a stressful time will benefit the lives of many.

Physical education teachers in several schools organized fundraisers for the American Heart Association’s Kids Heart Challenge and collected $37,180.

Haley Mefford Holcomb, Youth Market Director for the American Heart Association, praised the efforts of students and staff in correspondence to BCPS Superintendent Dr. Jesse Bacon.

“I wanted to extend a huge thank you to Bullitt County students and families for supporting the mission of the AHA,” Holcomb said. “Led by your wonderful PE teachers, BCPS raised an astounding $37,180 for the fight against heart disease and stroke!”

Those teachers are Josh Cravens of Bernheim Middle School; Emily McWaters of Brooks Elementary School; Jimmy Westwood of Cedar Grove Elementary School; Jodi Grant of Eastside Middle School; Renee Caldwell of Freedom Elementary School; Clark Kuhn of Lebanon Junction Elementary School; Kasey Weinberg of Maryville Elementary School; Elizabeth Yates of Nichols Elementary School; Jo Leigh Bass of Pleasant Grove Elementary School; Brittany Henon of Roby Elementary School; and Keith Mulkins of Shepherdsville Elementary School.

Holcomb said what the teachers and students accomplished despite the pandemic was extraordinary.

“That is an amazing accomplishment!” she said. “Heart disease is the #1 cause of death in the United States and at the AHA, our mission is the build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Because of your community’s generosity, we will be able to fund research, develop new treatments, and train volunteers in CPR.”

Holcomb works with over 150 schools in Kentucky and Indiana. She said Bullitt County is her #2 district, second only to Jefferson County Public Schools in participation.

“I am so proud to work with each of these leaders,” she said. “In addition to being the #2 district in the region, Pleasant Grove Elementary was the #4 school in the whole region! They had their best year ever, raising $14,590! WOW!”

Holcomb knows district leadership has many reasons to be proud of students and wanted to extend her thanks on behalf of the American Heart Association.

“Health and wellness is more important now than ever and I appreciate your support of the AHA,” she said.

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