“There’s hardly a family around that does not have somebody in their family, or at least a friend, who has suffered from heart disease, heart attack,” he said. “It’s just an awesome organization for Cobb County School District to partner with.”
The Kids Heart Challenge for elementary students and the American Heart Challenge for middle and high school students are programs by the association aimed at teaching students about physical and mental health. In addition to the curriculum, students fundraise by asking their communities for donations.
Funds raised by Kids Heart Challenge and American Heart Challenge participants support the association’s scientific research and outreach programs, the organization said. In Cobb County and metro Atlanta, the American Heart Association is specifically focused on addressing high blood pressure, CPR education, nutrition security, tobacco and the youth vaping crisis.
Students are fundraising through April, Ragsdale said.
“We expect to be first (in the nation) this year,” he said.