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WMS raises thousands in American Heart Association fundraiser

Shenika Robertson, girls' athletic coordinator at Wayside Middle School, coordinated a faculty versus student basketball game on Friday, December 21. A great idea, considering the kids are usually anxious on this day to get out of school for the long winter break. She worked closely with Heather Johnson, a representative from the American Heart Associaion, to help contribute and bring awareness to heart disease and get community involvement.

Leading up the event, students received information through their Huddle classes, such as heart healthy facts and information on how to participate in the fundraiser. For a $5 donation, students received an AHA wristband which allowed them entry into the game. During the game, students were called from the stands to participate in games like a hula hoop contest and a dress and shoot contest during time outs, as well as T-shirt throws into the audience and a special appearance by the AHA giant heart mascot.

Additionally, during the game, the concession stand was open for students to purchase snacks. All proceeds went to help WMS purchase a second AED machine to be located in the gym area. The goal this year was $3,500 and as of right now their total is $3,525 with money still coming in!

Congratulations WMS on a successful AHA fundraiser! We are #emsproud of your service to your community!

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