Students and staff at Summit Lane Elementary School celebrated the end of their Hoops for Heart fundraiser on March 16 by honoring top student donors and sliming Principal Keith Squillacioti in the school gymnasium. This year, a total of 265 students participated in the fundraiser, along with Summit Lane staff members. Together, they raised $15,711 for the American Heart Association.
Each year, under the direction of physical education teacher Cynthia Dano and her team, the school community gathers to hear how much money they raised for Hoops for Heart. The national education and fundraising program promotes physical education and provides students with the knowledge of heart disease and stroke, while raising funds for cardiovascular disease research, stroke research and health education. The annual event is a celebration for the school's fundraising efforts.
The students who raised the most money were recognized for their hard work and generosity with a medal. Each raised more than $800 and had the first opportunity to slime Squillacioti. Wearing protective eye gear, Squillacioti sat in a kiddie pool as students poured buckets of slime on him. Board of Education President Peggy Marenghi and staff watched as classes cheered. He was eventually covered from head to toe in the green and orange goo, a role that he later said he was happy to be a part of.
"As always, Summit Lane students and faculty have come together for a great cause as we donated to people in need," said Principal Squillacioti. "All these great programs that we put in place and all the resources that we have at our school could not take place without the support of our central administration."