MHS raises $5,125 for American Heart Association
By Matthew Stewart| (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Maryville High School has joined the fight against heart disease.
Students and faculty members recently raised $5,125 for the American Heart Association. The school’s fundraising efforts spanned three weeks.
Maryville High School has raised more money than any other participating school in the American Heart Association’s Greater Southeast Affiliate, said Carolyn Johnson, affiliate youth market director.
Twenty schools have committed to organizing Red Out events, and eight schools have completed their events.
Maryville High School has raised about $2,000 more than the second highest-grossing school, she said. “They’ve done a fantastic job.”
The MHS National Honors Society chapter spearheaded fundraising efforts. Students made and hung signs around campus, raised further awareness through the morning announcements and sold T-shirts in every lunch period for three weeks.
The high-schoolers also worked with Maryville’s six additional schools. During one week, they sold T-shirts at the other schools from 7-7:45 a.m. each morning.
Students also coordinated their fundraising efforts with the school’s homecoming carnival events, such as free blood pressure tests conducted by the MHS Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) chapter. The high-schoolers also sold merchandise, such as red hair streaks, at the event.
“The entire community — from faculty to parents — participated by buying shirts and donating, and many of the students in National Honor Society worked diligently to promote this wonderful cause,” said Kevin Lin, chapter president. “It’s amazing that our small community has added over 5,000 new agents of hope to the fight against heart disease.”