CCPS ranked first in Central Virginia, second in state for funds raised to support American Heart Association

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Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States yet is 80 percent preventable? To support the prevention of heart disease, 29 Chesterfield County schools participated in heart-healthy wellness events that helped raise more than $129,000 for the American Heart Association.

The American Heart Association recently recognized Chesterfield County Public Schools for the school division’s superior achievement in community service, valuable contributions made in support of the non-profit’s work and outstanding support for the organization.

“It is important for us to teach our students not only to achieve academically, but to also be good stewards and supporters of their community,” Chesterfield County School Board Chair Dr. Javaid Siddiqi said. “We are so proud of the hard work of our staff and students to raise almost $130,000 to support such a worthy cause, and we know our oneCCPS community will continue to support our service partners throughout Central Virginia and the state.”

Chesterfield County ranked first in Central Virginia among 27 school districts and second for the state of Virginia for participation and funds raised for the American Heart Association. These following schools were recognized as leaders in Virginia and the region:

  • Watkins Elementary ranked No. 1 in the Central Virginia region, No. 3 in Virginia and No. 11 in the Mid-Atlantic region (comprised of Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina and South Carolina).
  • Winterpock Elementary ranked No. 4 in Central Virginia and No. 17 in Virginia.
  • Spring Run Elementary ranked No. 5 in Central Virginia and No. 18 in Virginia.
  • Alberta Smith Elementary ranked No. 19 in Central Virginia.
  • Enon Elementary was ranked No. 20 in Central Virginia.

“The American Heart Association and Chesterfield County Public Schools will continue to be partners in the community to help promote positive healthy habits and lifestyles among our youth,” said Christie Church, Director of Youth Market for the American Heart Association Central Virginia. “We would like to extend a generous thank you to the physical education instructors who led and completed programs at these schools.”