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Hickory Elementary raises more than $29K for Kids Heart Challenge

Hickory Elementary School held its annual Kids Heart Challenge event earlier this month to support the American Heart Association, raising a school record $29,287.75.

Principal Brad Stinar wrote in an email that the initial goal for this year was set at $15,000, which was quickly passed by students. Once the $20,000 benchmark was passed, the school set its sights on the previous record of $24,426 from 2011.

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As an incentive, physical education teachers agreed to have their hair cut and colored by students if a new record was attained.

Not only was the previous school record broken, student Jake Gibbons also set an individual record for money raised, bringing in $1,339.86, Stinar said.

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On Friday, teachers Paul Deck and Krysta Gray had their hair cut in front of the entire student body and staff.

Stinar thanked the two for going above and beyond the call of duty and noted Gray would be donating her cut hair to Wigs for Kids, a nonprofit that creates wigs for children suffering health-related hair loss.

Formerly known as Jump Rope for Heart, the Kids Heart Challenge helps students learn about their heart and prepares children for success through physical and emotional well-being while helping others by raising money for the American Heart Association, according to the association’s website.

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