R. J. Tack Auditorium buzzes with fifth- and sixth-graders as they participate in the Hoops for Heart event held Feb. 14.
Feb. 14 is a special day where the heart takes on a special meaning.
Children and adults can buy the heart-shaped candy with those special little messages on them. Chocolates come in special red, heart-shaped boxes. Other favorite chocolate bars alter their normal shape for the special heart-shape chocolate.
This year, Feb. 14 took on a different meaning for the heart. Spencer students in grades three through six collected pledges to raise money for the American Heart Association.
Students in third and fourth grades participated in Jump Rope for Heart. For 90 minutes, they enjoyed jumping rope with their friends. Some preferred single ropes. Others joined together and tackled the longer ropes. It did not make a difference if you were good or not. They were there to have fun and help support a good cause.
Grades five and six participated in Hoops for Heart. For the allotted 90 minutes, kids were taken through a number of ball handling drills led by Adam Yaeger, one of the school's physical education teachers. Besides the ball handling, participants also had the chance to do some shooting drills and participate in some friendly shooting games.
Students had the chance to win prizes for reaching certain dollar amounts. Their names were entered for door prizes. A special feature was the colored paper hearts on the wall. Students could participate "In Memory Of" or "In Honor Of" for someone they lost or someone who has survived heart disease.
Top pledge earners were Jorie Meyer, third grade, in the Jump Rope for Heart activity and Kaya Schulte, fifth grade, in the Hoops for Heart. These two, along with all their classmates, raised more than $6,000. A special thank you to these students and to those of you who pledged whatever dollar amount you could. You all are truly a gift from the heart.
Harry Toufar is a correspondent for Spencer. Share Spencer area news with him by email at email@example.com or call 715-659-4429.