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FCE students raise over $17,000 for American Heart Association




Coach Edmonds, Coach Marion, and Coach Vietri pose for a photo after their mud bath at the FCE Jump Rope For Heart assembly. 


Mud baths, new hair do’s, and a haircut are how students at Fall Creek Elementary celebrated their victory of raising $17,405 for the annual Jump Rope For Heart event.


Jump Rope For Heart is a fun way for students to stay active, learn how their heart works, and raise money to help other kids with special hearts. Through Jump Rope For Heart, the American Heart Association has been able to impact many lives


Fall Creek Elementary P.E. Coordinator Patricia Edmonds, Coach Robert Marion, and Coach Haleigh Vietri set a goal to beat last year’s fundraising record of $15,000. If the students met certain fundraising goals they would receive incentives such as a popsicle party for students raising $100 or more, free choice time in P.E. for the grade level raising the most money, and the top student fundraiser would get to have lunch with Fall Creek principal, Yvonne Stroud.


To make the incentives more exciting, the coaches agreed that if the students raised $10,000 all three coaches would have to take a mud bath, and if the students raised $15,000 Coach Edmonds and Coach Vietri would have their hair spray painted by the top 10 fundraisers, and teachers from the top fundraising grade level would get to shave Coach Marion’s head in front of the whole school.  


After raising more than $15,000 for the American Heart Association, the whole school was able to partake in the incentives at the Jump Rope For Heart award assembly. Coach Marion kept his promise and allowed the second-grade teachers take turns shaving his head and Coach Edmonds and Coach Vietri let the top fundraisers spray paint their hair the color of the rainbow. The top fundraising students and second-grade were also recognized during the assembly. The assembly ended with a mud bath for all three coaches.