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Kids Heart Challenge surpasses fundraising goal

By Staff | Feb 28, 2020

Submitted photo Ely student Brantley Erickson (left) eggs band instructor Kari Hill. Twelve top fundraising students got the opportunity to crack an egg over the heads of teachers and staff members after raising funds for the American Heart Association.

Ely Elementary surpassed its fundraising goals in this year’s Kids Heart Challenge.

Formerly known as Jump Rope for Heart, the Kids Heart Challenge saw Ely students jump rope to raise money for the American Heart Association.

Ely students raised $12,009 – over $4,000 more than the year’s $8,000 goal.

If students met the fundraising goal, the top 12 student fundraisers had the opportunity to crack an egg on a teacher or a staff member’s head.

Brantley Erickson was this year’s top student fundraiser. Rounding out the list were Alexandria Anthony (2nd); Charlee Tuenge (3rd); Karlie Stevenson (4th); Opal Hackel (5th); Avery Santjer (6th); Sawyer Brossart (7th); Addie Boppre (8th); Adalyn Westphal (9th); Kieran Yoder (10th); Siana Schawb (11th) and Hudson Dockter (12th).

Jennifer Bartsch’s kindergarten class was this year’s top fundraising class, raising $1,437. The top fundraising class received a free day in Physicial Education.

Teachers and staffers students got to egg included Ely Principal Jason Gullickson; School Counselor Travis Risovi; Physical Education Instructor Heidi Backstrom; Band Instructor Kari Hill; Music Instructor Andee Mattson; kindergarten teacher Shauna Wurgler; first-grade teachers Jeremy Johnston and Mariah Yoder; third-grade teacher Alyson Schepp; fourth-grade teacher Lindsey Bush; fifth-grade teacher Savannah Harbaugh and sixth-grade teacher Mike Santjer.

Ely Elementary has been involved in the program since 2015, when Backstrom began teaching the phys. ed. program there. Last year the name of the event changed from Jump Rope for Heart to the Kids Heart Challenge to reflect the additions of shooting basketballs or dancing by some programs.

Organizers wished to thank students, monetary donors, and Rugby Greenhouse for heart balloon donations for the jump rope event.

– Tribune Staff Report

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