J.B. Watkins Elementary raises more than $40K for American Heart Association

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CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Students at Chesterfield County’s J.B. Watkins Elementary School earned top honors in the state and placed Top 20 nationwide in a fundraising competition held by the American Heart Association. 

During the 2017-18 school year, J.B. Watkins Elementary School students took over 400 heart-healthy challenges and raised over $42,000 for the American Heart Association, making them the No. 1 school in Virginia and the No. 19 school in the country for their participation with the association.

Students pledged to either drink water in place of sugary sweetened beverages, eat a fruit or vegetable with every meal or exercise for 60 minutes a day. 

PHOTOS: J.B. Watkins Elementary recognized by AHA

Tex Stinnett was the school’s top donor bringing in $1,000 and winning the opportunity to throw a pie in the face of PE teacher, Corey Cotman.

Cotman, along with fellow PE teacher, Chris Bourne, coordinated the efforts at the school.

“Working with the American Heart Association is a win-win for us,” Cotman said. “The main reason we participate is to help bring positive change. On one hand, we are teaching students how to live a healthy lifestyle at a young age, and on the other hand, we are spreading awareness about heart disease while raising money to help people live longer.” 

Students also competed in a jump roping contest for most consecutive jumps. The winners from each grade level were Ava Ellsworth for the 5th grade, Emily Quyle for the 4th grade, Sam Schwabe for the 3rd grade and Lila Prisco for the 2nd grade. 

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