Lowndes Co. students raise thousands for heart health

Lowndes Co. students raise thousands for heart health
One South Georgian elementary school is donating thousands of dollars for American Heart Month. Today, the school held a special celebration for the students.

HAHIRA, GA (WALB) - One South Georgia elementary school is donating thousands of dollars for American Heart Month. The school held a special celebration for the students Thursday.

At Hahira Elementary School, the students, faculty, and staff came together to raise over $8,000 for the American Heart Association.

“Well the children are going to tape me to the wall this afternoon," said Iris Mathis, Principle of Hahira Elementary School.

Student at Hahira Elementary School collected donations for about three weeks for the ‘Sticking to a Cause, Kids Heart’ Challenge.

With this challenge, for every $10 that students collect, they get a piece of tape to stick a school official to a wall.

One South Georgian elementary school is donating thousands of dollars for American Heart Month. Today, the school held a special celebration for the students.
One South Georgian elementary school is donating thousands of dollars for American Heart Month. Today, the school held a special celebration for the students.

“We ended up deciding to ask one of our principles. Then we decided, why ask one when you can ask both of them? So, they both agreed, and we were floored. We just ran with it," said Holly Stouppe, P.E. Teacher at Hahira Elementary.

Needless to say, the students were ecstatic.

“Oh my gosh, they were so excited that every time I walk in the hallways it’s like, ‘I’m going to tape you to the wall.’ So, they’re excited and it puts a personal spin on everything that we do," said Mathis.

So, the students worked to collect from everyone they could for weeks.

They didn’t necessarily reach their goal, but the principle says she’s proud anyway.

They raised $8,700 to donate to the American Heart Association.

“We set high goals and high expectations. We try to fulfill those goals and expectations. I’m very proud of the students and our parents and all the support that we’ve had," said Mathis.

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