Students from Vista Grande Elementary School recently wrapped up their Kids Heart Challenge Fundraiser and made a little history while helping with an important cause.

VGE students raised more than $32,000 for the American Heart Association, which was the most money raised by any school in New Mexico in the history of the fundraiser.

“We had such a great time working together as a school for such a wonderful cause for the American Heart Association,” VGE principal Christine Prescott said. ” The American Heart Association let us know that for every $50 raised, one person’s life can be saved. Our students were very excited to help save 640 lives.”
The students raised money by asking for donations from family, friends and neighbors. Two students raised more than $5,000 each, and the 43 students who raised over $150 were rewarded with an assembly where they had the opportunity to slime VGE staff members, including their principal.
“It was pretty gross and cold, but so fun,” Prescott said. “I’ll do anything for our students for sure. We are so proud of our staff and students for the enormous amount of teamwork it took to make such a difference in the lives of so many.”
Prescott said many staff members helped with the fundraiser, but P.E. coaches Melissa DeFrees and James Garica went above and beyond.
“Throughout the month of the fundraiser, students participated in activities and lessons during P.E. classes teaching important information about staying heart healthy. Students learned how and practiced jumping rope, played games and participated as teams on challenges,” Prescott said. “Teaching our students to help others, understand the needs of humans, and work together for a strong cause is so important to our school and community. I am so proud of our Grizzlies for all their hard work and dedication, such a huge accomplishment.”