Minnesauke Elementary School in the Three Village Central School District raised $20,285 in this year’s Kids Heart Challenge sponsored by the American Heart Association. This makes Minnesauke one of the top donor schools on Long Island and in New York State.
During physical education class, students learned the importance of heart health and the things they can do to keep their hearts, bodies and muscles healthy. They participated in several activities encouraging healthy heart habits. The fundraiser was led by physical education teacher Alaina Maletta, who has a close connection to the cause.
“The American Heart Association is important to me because I was born with congenital heart disease and have undergone two open heart surgery procedures,” she said. “I was overwhelmed with the amount of support for this year’s fundraiser and how after hearing my story, the students were so passionate and eager to raise money to help other children born with congenital heart disease to get the care and resources that they need.”
More than 180 Minnesauke Elementary School students took part in the fundraiser. In the five years the building has participated in the Kids Heart Challenge, this was the most money that has ever been raised.
Photo caption: Physical education teachers Alaina Maletta (left) and Jillian Damis (right) helped organize this year’s Kids Heart Challenge at Minnesauke Elementary School. They are pictured here with the building’s top 10 donors.
Photo courtesy of the Three Village Central School District