Southern Middle School helps ‘dodge’ heart diseaseBy TERRI REUTER
Publications/public information coordinator,
Southern York County School District
Students and staff at Southern Middle School dodged heart disease recently by wearing hats and pajama pants to school, playing dodge ball, and entering raffles.
As part of a campaign for the American Heart Association, students and staff raised $2,200 for the Dodging Heart Disease fundraiser. This amount surpassed the $1,732 that was raised last year. Students paid $1.00 to wear hats and PJ pants on various days and staff paid $2.00 during those days as well. Students also collected pledges to compete in a dodge ball tournament. Each dodge ball team consisted of six members, with a total of 23 dodge ball teams that participated. The top pledgers received prizes, coupons, and gift certificates from area businesses.During the tournament, the top dodge ball teams from each grade battled each other. Top teams from both seventh and eighth grades also competed against the staff. The event culminated as students and staff teams battled each other in dodge ball at Susquehannock High School. The school’s jazz band entertained students and staff throughout the event.
“Our goal this year was to raise $2,100 for the American Heart Association,” said Darla Pennewill, Southern Middle School physical education teacher.
The school held the fundraiser in conjunction with its PRIDE program (which stands for Prepared, Respect, Integrity, Do Your Best, and Engaged), the school wide effective behavior system. “This was a really nice school effort,” Pennewill said. “With the PRIDE Program, we talk to the students about being involved with PRIDE and how to give back to the community by donating to the American Heart Association.”
For the last several years, Southern Middle School has held the dodge ball fundraiser and tournament and incorporated the PRIDE program into the event, Principal Len Reppert said.