East Quogue Elementary School students, faculty and staff once again raised money for the American Heart Association during the Central Avenue school’s annual “Hoops for Heart” event on Friday morning. Students participated in a variety of basketball shooting games, including a free-throw contest and a knock-out tournament, during their gym classes. Physical education teachers Danielle Davin and Matt Maloney have organized the fundraiser for the past five years, and students raise money ahead of time so they can participate in the contests. The district has raised more than $6,000 over the past two years, earning recognition from the American Heart Association as the top school donor in Suffolk County. Ms. Davin and Mr. Maloney hope to earn the honor again this year.
Ms. Davin stated: “The whole school gets to participate (we have about 470 kids in our school). Each grade level comes at the same time (all of the 6th graders come at the same time and so on). At the end of the day we get the whole school to come into the gym and the teachers do a knock out tournament. The kids go crazy for it! It’s a really fun day! We have been the top fundraising Hoops for Heart school the past 2 years.”
Information courtesy of East Quogue Physical Education Department