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Norwalk-La Mirada Elementary School Raises More Than $11,000 for American Heart Association

This year, 12 Norwalk-La Mirada Unified schools – Cesar Chavez, Dolland, Dulles, Eastwood, Escalona, Foster Road, Johnston, La Pluma, Lampton, New River, Nuffer and Sanchez elementary schools and Benton, Corvallis, Hutchinson and Waite middle schools – participated in the Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart program, raising nearly $28,000. All donations go to the AHA for lifesaving cardiovascular research and programs.

“This is a wonderful program for our schools because our students learn the importance of giving back to their community at an early age,” NLMUSD Superintendent Dr. Hasmik Danielian said. “We value our partnership with the American Heart Association and applaud the efforts of our participating schools.”

Escalona set a goal of raising $10,000 for the AHA at the beginning of the school year. After attending an introductory assembly, students spent several weeks canvassing their communities for donations, eventually exceeding their goal.

During the event, the entire school watched students from every grade jump rope to energizing music with parents and – much to the delight of the students – teachers joining in. Prizes were awarded and the student who could jump rope the longest was crowned “Jump-Off” champion.

Corvallis Middle School students promoted their Hoops for Heart campaign by dressing up in costumes and raised nearly $900 in donations.

“It is an honor to work with the Norwalk-La Mirada School District,” AHA Senior Director Kyle McCauly said. “Their focus on wellness and building the whole child is what is needed to win the fight against heart disease, which is the number one cause of death in the United States.”

NLMUSD schools received $1,200 to purchase new PE equipment for participating in Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart events.

“Congratulations to Bonnie Lytle and all of our participating schools for their efforts to support a healthier generation,” NLMUSD Board President Karen Morrison said. “Not only are students working collaboratively and becoming global citizens, they are also having fun.”