Proceeds benefit American Heart Association
Waupaca Learning Center students raised their highest amount to date when they participated in this year’s Jump Rope For Heart and Hoops for Heart.
This year, they raised $14,625.20 for the American Heart Association.
The three students raising the most were third grader Lillie Peterson ($1,455), 1st grader Carson Jameson ($500) and third grader Sully Lettau ($355).
“It was great. The whole event was wonderful. People are so generous,” said Lisa Ash, who is a physical education teacher at the school.
Over the past 15 years, the school raised a total of $100,000 for the American Heart Association through Jump Rope For Heart and Hoops For Heart, she said.
When the students participated this year, they honored Lillie and Jennie Peterson.
Lillie had open heart surgery when she was 7 months old.
Her mother Jennie, who is a 4K teacher at WLC, had a heart attack on Jan. 1.
Their stories brought the importance of keeping hearts healthy close to home for the students.
“The educational message this year with Jennie was just huge,” Ash said. “It’s so personal that way.”