WCSD pairs with American Heart Association to raise awareness
The month of February traditionally conjures up images of pink, frilly hearts, but for Tricia Taggart, a WHS Art Dept. member, hearts take on a much more literal meaning.
Taggart is a captain of “Sisters & Friends for Adam,” a subject very close to her heart.
This Heart Walk team raises money for awareness and research annually at the OARDC in September.
Taggart explained how her heart became entangled in the disease.
“My nephew, Adam Carathers, was born with a heart defect over 12 years ago, and I’ve been an advocate for heart disease and heart-related issues ever since,” Taggart said.
Now, Taggart and the rest of the Wooster City School district are teaming up with the American Heart Association in the month of February with a series of activities and events at each school.
Parkview’s AHA correspondent and Physical Education Dept. member, Matthew Giordano, thinks the collaboration across the district is extremely important.
Along with raising awareness about AHA to students, Giordano finds it beneficial that the district can participate as a whole and raise more money.
Director of Elementary Education and event coordinator, Karen Arbogast, has been organizing events such as Jump Rope for the Heart, Hoops for Heart and Black Out. Districtwide heart awareness spirit week will begin on Feb. 2.
Students and parents will be able to purchase an “It’s Your Life” t-shirt for $10 in The General Store. Sales will go to benefit the AHA and its efforts to combat heart disease and raise awareness.