Priscilla Koestner, Sierra Brewer, and Dr. Danielle Else

Fireside Elementary Raises Nearly $36,000 for American Heart Association, Named the No. 1 Kids Heart Challenge School in Arizona

Monday , May 10 , 2021

Fireside Raises $35,928 for American Heart Association Named #1 Kids Heart Challenge School in Arizona

Students at Fireside Elementary School participated in the American Heart Association® (AHA) Kids Heart Challenge program, formally called Jump Rope for Heart, and set two new school records – No. 1 Kids Heart Challenge School in Arizona for 2021 and doubled their fundraising goal from previous years.

Together, 309 students took the Kids Heart Challenge, and raised $35,928 for the AHA helping to save 718 lives and those with special hearts! Students participated in a combination of physical fitness, mindfulness, and healthy habits lessons. The theme this year was "secret agent." One highlight of the challenge was that students participated in an obstacle course that PE/SEL teachers Priscilla Koestner and Sierra Brewer set up over a three-day period.

"Our students went above and beyond our expectations. They continue to grow this event year after year on their own," said Koestner. 

To celebrate their achievements and to reward students for meeting goal after goal, Principal Dr. Danielle Else, as well as Koestner and Brewer were pied in the face.

"I am so proud of the Fireside students for dedicating themselves to a cause that is focused on helping others in the community outside of school," said Dr. Else.

Fireside Elementary School will be presented with an award this fall.

The Kids Heart Challenge helps raise funds for the AHA while teaching children about heart disease.