Dennis M. Kenney Middle School (KMS) in the Hannibal Central School District is filled with heroes, heroes that quite literally jumped at the opportunity to help others.
Over 50 middle school students along with their physical education teachers Penny Leonard and Dan Pawlewicz made a commitment to join the American Heart Association in its annual Jump Rope For Heart fundraising campaign.
The Kenney Middle School team raised money for one month, generating more than $1,500 for the American Heart Association. Donations generated through this campaign are used to fund medical research to help find lifesaving cures for people who suffer from various heart conditions.
The Kenney Middle Jump Rope for Heart campaign culminated in early May with a jump rope celebration and special visit from a young boy who was born with a heart condition known as Pulmonic Stenosis.
Derek Eells and his mom, Amy Eells thanked the school for their support of the American Heart Association and said the students’ donations will go towards research to help people like Derek who are born with unhealthy hearts.
Special recognitions were also presented during the culminating celebration to recognize Dillon Plantz, Austin Calkins and Isabella Long as the school’s top three fundraisers. Then every participant was given an opportunity to keep their own hearts healthy with some fun jump rope games and activities.