The American Heart Association Missouri Hearties Awards presentation was held virtually on Wednesday, August 12, 2020. This awards ceremony recognized schools in Missouri who participated in the Kids Heart Challenge or American Heart Challenge programs. A total of 555 schools participated, raising $1,413,597 million for life-saving research for the American Heart Association.

Margie Black, PE Teacher, for St. Mary’s Elementary in Joplin, MO, was awarded with the “Heart Healthy School of the Year” award for the state of Missouri! This award was designed to recognize the school’s efforts in implementing all aspects of the program, from fundraising to the education of the American Heart Association’s mission.

Amy Emery, Youth Market Director for the American Heart Association, said “Mrs. Black does a phenomenal job talking about the importance of heart disease with her students, not just raising donations. She’s an advocate for the importance of CPR and teaches the kids the importance of nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. She engages her school and goes above and beyond to further our mission.”

St. Mary’s Elementary students in grades kindergarten-5th grade raised more than $7,800 this past school year. This was their 6th year to participate, and in those six years, they have raised $47,701.26! St. Mary’s will earn $1,300 in PE equipment as a thank you for their contribution in the 2019-2020 school year.