The following are excerpts of remarks by Harford County Public Schools Manager of Communications Jillian Lader were delivered during Monday’s Harford County Board of Education. A copy was provided for publication.
Board President Voskuhl, Vice President Runyeon, Board Members and Superintendent Canavan, I have one recognition for you this evening.
Each year, Harford County Public Schools physical education departments partner with the American Heart Association to conduct school-wide fundraising events such as Jump Rope for Heart, Hoops for Heart and more to raise awareness about heart health and the benefits of exercise and physical activity in a fun and meaningful way.
During the 2016-17 school year, under the leadership of [former Supervisor of Elementary and Middle Physical Education and Health and Pre-K-12 Adapted Physical Education] Ginny Popiolek, 40 Harford County public schools collectively raised $476,057 through fundraising events for donation to the American Heart Association.
This accomplishment earned HCPS first place for the state of Maryland; second place in the mid-Atlantic region; and second place in the nation, up from 6th place the previous year!
The American Heart Association is with us tonight to present HCPS with two special plaques of recognition for this tremendous accomplishment.
In addition to partnering with HCPS for exciting fundraising events, this year the American Heart Association joined together with LifeBridge Health to supply Hands Only CPR kits to seven HCPS high schools: Aberdeen, Bel Air, C. Milton Wright, Edgewood, Fallston, Harford Technical and Patterson Mill.
In 2015, Breanna’s Law was passed, which required students in Maryland to learn Hands Only CPR as part of the 9th grade health curriculum. This donation from the American Heart Association and LifeBridge will help supplement the number of kits currently in use in our high schools, and will help teach our students how to potentially save lives.