Southern Gearing up for AHA Fundraiser

Southern Local Elementary School students will get moving this February as the site hosts it annual fundraiser for the American Heart Association.


   Physical education teacher Kathy Randolph said the Kids Heart Challenge will kick off Feb. 4 with an assembly at 2:30 p.m. An AHA representative will outline details and get kids revved up for the month-long moneymaker, which also incorporates Valentines’ Day and National Heart Month. The school was just shy of its $4,000 goal last year and has garnered up to $6,000 in the past, but organizers were still finalizing the funding target for 2020.


  Students in PreK-6 can collect donations and earn a series of prizes per funding level between $5 to $1,000 and items include character badges to adorn wristbands, jump ropes, stuffed toys and ear pods. Donation forms will be distributed but parents can also download the Kids Heart Challenge app or register their child for an online fundraising page at


   Activities will conclude Feb. 28 with a Move-a-thon during students’ special time and there will be plenty to do with an obstacle course, jump ropes, dancing and hula hoops to keep kids hopping. 


 “The goal is to move,” Randolph concluded. “They will be moving.”