Kids with big hearts
By Julie Matuszewski; photos courtesy of Timber Trail Elementary
Timber Trail Elementary (TTE) Timberwolves displayed their wolf pack pride by dedicating this year’s American Heart Association (AHA) Kids Heart Challenge to one of their own student heroes, first grader Grace Creeden.
At just 5-months-old Grace underwent heart surgery. Wearing oxygen full time for a year did not stop Grace from being a happy and playful child. The care Grace received has shown to be positive with no long-term effects. Today, she is an active, friendly and hardworking first grader who loves to jump rope.
According to the AHA, the Kids Heart Challenge is a fun and exciting event where kids learn about their heart while helping others by raising money for the association. The event helps to prepare kids for success through physical and emotional well-being. This year’s challenge focused not only on physical activity but promoted healthy heart habits such as the importance of drinking water, being kind, helping others in need and being a leader.
TTE’s physical education teacher Linda Johnston said the school’s health improvement plan was in perfect alignment with the AHA mission to improve health, noting that kindness also strengthens our hearts physically and emotionally. Those who are kind and generous to others are thought to have big hearts just like the TTE Timberwolves.
Johnston stated how proud she is of the students and staff that participated in the fundraising event for the AHA and that everyone went above and beyond their fundraising goal.