An American Heart Association fundraiser at Clovis Christian School has personal meaning for the students and the school’s physical education teacher.
Danielle Ward, 23, was born with congenital heart problems and was fitted with a pacemaker at the age of 18.
“And it’s not just me that has a personal connection,” she said. “Most of the kids know at least two people that have had heart problems.”
It is the first year the school is participating in the Jumprope for the Heart fundraiser for the American Heart Association.
Ward, who moved to Clovis in June when her husband was assigned to Cannon Air Force Base, remembers participating in the same fundraiser as a child growing up in Independence, Miss.
“I’ve really enjoyed getting the kids involved in it. The American Heart Association has played a big role in my life,” Ward said.
Ward said the first year of the fundraiser is more about teaching the students about heart health.
“Heart disease is prevalent in many peoples lives. It’s good to get the knowledge out there so the kids know how to keep themselves healthy,” she said.
The fundraiser will involve students from pre-k through sixth grade. Fourth-grader Justin Hovious said is excited about the event.
“We are going to give money to the heart foundation so we can afford the things to save people’s lives,” he said.
Hovious said he has had relatives die from heart problems. “And this will help,” he said.
The students will be collecting donations until the day of the event.
How to help
Bring donations to the Clovis Christian School’s Elementary Campus at 2000 Humphrey Road.