Patterson Mill Middle School faculty and students held their fourth Hoops for Heart and Tobacco Awareness Assembly last Friday, rewarding the school for meeting and exceeding its goal of raising $17,000. The event, sponsored by the PMMS physical education and health departments, helps students understand the benefits of lifelong physical activity while raising funds to support lifesaving heart and stroke research.
This event is a joint project of the American Heart Association and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities such as three-on-three basketball, various shooting competitions and other basketball type activities during both physical education class and after-school intramurals. The Patterson Mill Middle School Hoops for Heart program strives for school-wide participation and organization. Students raise money through donations from friends and family, which helps promote the value of community service to students and their families.
The first year they raised $11,000 and year two, they jumped to $13,250. Last year they raised $15,900 and this year a total of $19,300 was raised.
Top fundraisers this year were: sixth grade: first place, Mikayla King, $360; second place, Tracey Brown Jr., $250; and third place, Austin Koehn, $200; seventh grade: first place, Cortnee Filling, $725; second place, Ryan Albers, $264; and third place, Zach Weber, $250; and eighth grade: first place, Bryce Butler, $290; second place, Sierra Wolbert, $256; and third place, Wilson Pais, $250.