(Via Ho’okele News)
Story and photo by David D. Underwood Jr.
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Public Affairs
Adm. Chester W. Nimitz Elementary School at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam recently came in first throughout the state of Hawaii for raising donations for the American Heart Association.
Students at Nimitz Elementary School were treated to a jump rope performance by the Kamehameha Schools Jump Rope Team on March 10 as a reward for their accomplishments in the annual Jump Rope for Heart event sponsored by the American Heart Association.
The students raised $14,659 in donations this year. The student raising the highest amount was Sage Fosnock, a fifth grader at Nimitz. She raised $340.
Jay Tschillard, physical education teacher at Kamehameha Elementary School and coach for the jump rope team, personally thanked Fosnock for her outstanding efforts.
“Jump Rope for Heart at Nimitz Elementary is not only a fundraiser at our school, it’s also a learning experience for our students,” said Berenice Saavedra, Parent Community Network coordinator at Nimitz.
“This program encourages our students to participate in an event that promotes a healthy way of living, teaches them civic responsibility, and increases good fitness and health.”
The money raised helps the American Heart Association to fund research in fighting cardiovascular diseases and stroke and to provide education and information on healthy life choices and lifesaving tools.
Margaret Fosnock said Sage was first to donate her own money for the fundraiser.
“We put the Jump Rope for Heart on my Facebook page and got some donations from friends and family on the mainland,” Margaret said. Sage also told guests at a family cook-out about her efforts and was able to get donations from them.
“My motivation was grandpa,” Sage said. “I just want kids with heart disease to have fun like everyone else, not sit in the hospital all the time. I love to jump rope, so I thought this was a great opportunity to help and have fun at the same time.”
Sage’s grandfather had a blockage in an artery last year and had a stent put in, Sage’s mother explained.
“We are extremely proud of our students for exceeding our goal of $6,000,” Saavedra said. “This event allows students to be community contributors by encouraging each other to raise money for a great cause such as the American Heart Association.”