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Cape Schools Raise $20K for Heart Association

Lewes, DE April 2, 2019 –  Each year elementary students at the Cape Henlopen School District participate in the American Heart Association’s Kids Heart Challenge.  This year, four of the five elementary schools contributed to the fundraising efforts throughout February and March and collectively raised more than $20,000 for the American Heart Association.


The goal of the Kids Heart Challenge is for students to not only learn jump rope skills but also learn how their heart works, all while raising money to help kids with special hearts. It aims to prepare students for success through physical and emotional well-being. “This is an event that students and staff look forward to each year,” said Rich Lantz, physical education teacher at Rehoboth Elementary. “Students not only work hard to raise money, but they also get the opportunity to learn how to make healthy eating choices and how to exercise properly to maintain a healthy heart.”  Students also learn how to check their pulse and heart rate, and learn the anatomy of the heart.


215 students throughout Shields, Milton, Rehoboth, and Love Creek Elementary schools contributed to the fundraising and had the opportunity to celebrate the money they raised with special in-class physical activities all related to jumping. This included basketball, using mini-trampolines, box jumps, and jumping rope. Students who chose to participate were tasked with daily challenges like exercising for 60 minutes, choosing water over sugary drinks, and doing a good deed.


“Everyone at Love Creek was so impressed with the hard work our students poured into the fundraising for this program,” said Connie Bean, physical education teacher at Love Creek Elementary. “The Love Creek students raised nearly $11,000 this year and I couldn’t be prouder of them!”


According to the American Heart Association website, Shields Elementary students raised $3,447, and Milton Elementary raised $2,217. Rehoboth Elementary was second from the top in donations with $4,431 and Love Creek Elementary school topped the donation chart with $10,919. For more information about the Kids Heart Challenge and the American Heart Association, visit their website at