Jump Rope/Hoops for Heart Fundraiser for the American Heart Association
In February, Cook Elementary Fine Arts Magnet School’s students participated in Jump Rope/Hoops for Heart to raise money for the American Heart Association. This year’s campaign was dedicated to the memory of Allyson Rutherford, one of Cook’s 2nd grade teachers who unexpectedly passed away due to a stroke in November. Last year our students collected $7,224.00, with this year’s target set at $7,500. We are excited to announce that we exceeded that goal and raised $7,550.06! Students who gathered at least $35 in donations were invited to the annual Hero’s Ball, which was held February 19th. At the ball, 1st grader Jalen Steadman, who raised the most money, was crowned King. One of our 5th grade students, Tabby Karr, who was born with a heart condition and has reigned as Princess of the Ball each year, took her final walk as Princess. Another honoree was Albany Mercer, a 4th grader who submitted her donations in Tabby’s name, allowing Tabby to receive lots of prizes. (Because of this gesture, Albany was featured in a news segment on WCBI.) Some of the grades 3-5 students who raised money will participate in the Hoops for Hearts Hero’s Basketball Tournament, to be held in March.