Sunday, February 03, 2008

Welch Elementary Scores Big for American Heart Association

On February 6, 7 and 8, Welch Elementary is participating in a very special community service program to raise funds for the American Heart Association.

Hoops for Hearts is an annual, national event where students and teachers join in the fight against our nation's number one and number three killers, cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Participating students learn about the benefits of regular physical activity and heart health while they raise money to support vital research and educational programs.

Coweta County's Coach, Ken Chambless, has taken this event to heart and his schools have been the number one fundraisers in the state of Georgia for the past five years. In 2007, during his first school year at Welch Elementary, they were not only number one in the state, but also, number six in the nation collecting more than $23,000. Arden Jobe was the school's top student fundraiser collecting more than $1000.

Alex Borsuk won the national grand prize drawing and a received a free trip to Disney World for four. Any student raising over $150 was entered in the drawing. Students are awarded various prizes based on the scale of their collections. Family and friends are invited by students to participate by making contributions. During the three-day event, hosted by schools across the nation, students play basketball themed games and celebrate their efforts. Coach Chambless and Welch�s students are enthusiastic about this year's event and invite the community to participate. For more information contact Welch Elementary: 770-254-2597.

WHO: Event Coordianator, Ken Chambless,
PE teachers, Kristine Ryan and Amy Bond
Principal, Becky Darrah
Participating students and teachers

WHAT: Hoops for Hearts, annual, national fundraiser for the
American Heart Associaion

WHERE: Welch Elementary School
240 Mary Freeman Road, Newnan, GA, 30265, 770-254-2597

WHEN: February 6, 7, and 8, 8:30am - 1:30pm.

WHY: To help children understand the importance of community
service and physical activity and to raise money to fund
research that will save lives.

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