Barnwell Donation to AHA is a Slam Dunk

Posted on 02/28/2019
Barnwell Donation to AHA is a Slam Dunk

Barnwell Middle School recently hosted its annual “Hoops for Heart” event to raise funds to benefit the American Heart Association (AHA). According to the AHA, heart disease is the number one killer worldwide.

"This is a great community organization," said Jackie Gettemeier, physical education teacher at Barnwell."We all have been impacted by a friend or family member with heart disease, and we value the importance of the life-saving research done by the AHA.”

Overall, the school raised $3,136 for the AHA. “Barnwell will also receive $200 in US Games and a check for $100 for their PE program,” said Barb Reyering, youth marketing director for AHA.

Top Donators at Barnwell Hoops for Heart event.“The top fundraiser for each grade and overall fundraiser is also recognized in front of the school during an assembly at the end of the day,” said Gettemeier. Seventh grader Derrick Warren raised $150, sixth grader Mirphaela Nelson raised $135, seventh grader Kassandra Garcia raised $75, and eighth grader Brandon Reale raised $50.

Next, students and staff alike competed in a knockout tournament. Two players tried to make a basket before the player behind them did, which kicked them out of the running. All in attendance enjoyed the knockout tournament, with plenty of emotional ups and downs as their favorite teachers or fellow classmates advanced or were knocked out of the running. The final winner was seventh grader Kishon Brown, who knocked out PE teacher Kate Shoshan for the victory.

“The students played in front of their classmates, who come down and cheer them on,” said Gettemeier. Winners on the eighth grade team included Tony Bretz, Ryan Murdock, Dominic Hughes, C.J. Hollaway, Jaiden Jones, and Brandon Biggs.

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