Orange Grove Elementary students raise money for American Heart Association

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Students at Orange Grove Elementary School have been jumping to raise money for the American Heart Association.

Students at Orange Grove Elementary School have raised $3,000 for the American Heart Association. Elizabeth Williams with the American Heart Association said, “A lot of people don’t know that heart disease is the number one killer for Mississippians and Americans.”

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A shocking fact and something that these local elementary school students are trying to change by staying healthy and raising money for the American Heart Association. They have been doing this for years now. Fifth grade student Tabi Marr said, “This year, I’m not raising money for the prizes. I’m just doing it to help kids and adults with bad hearts.”

Tabi has raised more than $1,600 over the past three weeks for the Heart Association by selling items online and in person. Heart disease is something she has had first-hand experience with. “My grandpa used to get a bunch of heart attacks when he was younger. That is why I am doing this and to help younger kids younger than me with bad hearts.”

All of the students at Orange Grove Elementary who raised money for the American Heart Association got to celebrate today with a jump rope contest.  School Nurse Deborah Bellew said, “At this school we have a lot of children who have been affected by heart disease or know someone who has been affected and they are really on fire to raise money and it teaches them not about raising money to help the children affected with heart disease, but about healthy life styles so they can take those skills.”


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The money raised will go to research, education, and community awareness.