BUFFALO — Online and on the football field the students at Buffalo Elementary School raised more than $6,300 for the American Heart Association.
Coach Mike McGee announced this week that the school’s students had concluded a month of fund raising activities for the American Heart Association’s “Jump Rope for Heart” campaign. McGee said a total of $6,357.62 was raised through fund raising activities conducted this month. He said those activities included:
• Students creating and wearing creative hearts
• Collecting spare change
• Paying $1 to wear their favorite hat to school
• A fifth grade flag football game. McGee said the students who played in the game paid $5 to do so while spectators paid $1 to watch it.
• Fifth grade basketball games which were played every morning before the start of school for two weeks. McGee said students each paid $1 to watch the game.
• Teachers and parents purchasing “Get Fired Up” tee-shirts for National Wear Red Day.
The fund raising effort culminated in a “Family Fitness Night” where students and their parents participated in jumping rope and eating healthy snacks.
McGee said those efforts raised $1,887.87.
The American Heart Association provided envelopes for students to take home with them to use in their individual fund raising efforts. McGee said that part of the fundraiser actually began in January and ran through the middle of February.
A total of 105 students undertook individual fund raising efforts and McGee said 85 of those used the envelopes. He said the other 20 along with 10-15 teachers collected donations online using the American Heart Association website.
The students using the envelopes raised approximately $3,500 while the students and teachers who went online raised $1,052.
Also taking part in the effort was Broad River Electric Cooperative which McGee said donated $500.
McGee said the $6,357.62 raised this year is the second-highest amount raised for the American Heart Association by the school. The highest amount was $10,000 raised several years ago.
“This is my sixth year at this school and ‘m just trying to continue on in Carol Smith’s footsteps,” McGee said. “Carol is the retired Buffalo Elementary school PE teacher. In her years at Buffalo, Carol raised over $50,000 total for the American Heart Association. In the last six years we have raised over $15,000.”
McGee said that, in addition to helping the American Heart Association, he hopes the students participating learned the importance of helping others.
“I just want all my students to realize that it is what we do for others that matters in this world,” McGee said. “This is the greatest country in the world that helps others and I am blessed to be a part of it. Thanks to Buffalo students, staff, and community.”
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-427-1234, Ext. 14.