Madison school officials get slimed as students top goal

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MADISON — It was time to get slimed. Madison Central School District officials participated in the ooey-gooey activity to celebrate its elementary students surpassing their fundraising goal to benefit the American Heart Association (AHA).

Together, students raised $11,369.70 — nearly doubling their $6,000 goal— as part of the Kids Heart Challenge, which teaches students about heart health at a young age and helps the American Heart Association fund research and programs.

Subjected to the sliming by several students — those who brought in the most donations, raising over $350 each — were Madison Central School District Superintendent Jason Mitchell, Elementary Principal LeeAnn Cucci, and Physical Education Teachers Payge Miller and Seth Howard. The slime, purchased from Amazon, comes in a powder form. Once mixed with water, it turned into the goopey green sludge used in the celebration.

“All of that money goes towards helping people who need some help getting healthy hearts,” Miller shared with students before the sliming. She recounted the many things they have learned can keep their own hearts healthy, which include exercise, eating healthy, getting enough sleep, being kind to others, and avoiding tobacco.

“The American Heart Association is so proud of Madison Central School for raising $11,369.70 to fight heart disease and stroke,” said Laurie Schmidt, youth market director at AHA. “I’ve loved working with this great school and seeing how enthusiastic they are about the Kids Heart Challenge! This year, 97 students took the challenge to be kind or move more and 21 students learned the Hands Only CPR and the warning signs of stroke! The students and teachers are taking real steps to improve and maintain their heart health, and I can’t wait to work more with them in the future!”

Practicing mental well-being and life skills are also part of the Kids Heart Challenge, which focuses not only on the heart, but also whole body health, according to an AHA challenge flyer.

“The kids love it,” Miller said of the Kids Heart Challenge. “We do it every year, and they always get so excited about it.”

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