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CET Kids Heart Challenge Celebration

 CET Kids Heart Challenge 2022 - Celebration

CET Ranks Among Top in State for Kid’s Heart Challenge;
Students Rewarded for Their Effort with Opportunity to ‘Pie’ Teachers

When CET students registered for this year’s Kid’s Heart Challenge which not only teaches about the importance of staying healthy but raises money for the American Heart Association, they received a little extra motivation. The top earners for each grade would be able to put a pie in the face of their teacher or a school administrator while being cheered on by the entire school. And motivated they were! Just under 150 students registered for the Challenge and raised an impressive $23,151.52, the most CET has raised in its six year of participation. Overall, the district has raised more than $83,000 which the American Heart Association (AHA) says is exceptional for such a small district.

We congratulate the eleven CET students who led the way in fundraising efforts for the AHA and participated in the ‘pieing’ festivities: Olympia Cramer, Sylvia Guidry, Olivia Simao, Katherine Scales, Jake Herrman, Madelyn Scales, Callia Burger, Lilou Valbuena, Sebastian Smithwick, Luke Sistarnik, and Amelia Hirons. 

Students began by making their own whipped cream pies and then chose who they wanted to ‘pie’ - Superintendent Walker, Principal Bianchi, Assistant Principal Campanaro, Physical Education teachers Leslie or Duchin, or music teacher Horton. One by one, each adult ended up being pied, with Mrs. Bianchi ‘winning’ with three pies.

PE teacher Suzanne Leslie, who began and has consistently grown the Challenge, says that she is incredibly proud of her students for all of the work they did and how they are demonstrating kindness to others. “We teach the kids about healthy eating and the importance of staying active, but we also discuss how some people aren’t born with healthy hearts or develop heart problems during their lives,” she said. “They see this fundraising as an act of kindness to help others who are less fortunate than them.”

According to the CDC, approximately 40,000 babies are born with congenital heart defects and about 659,000 people die from heart disease each year, making it the leading cause of death in the United States. As preventable heart disease in children continues to increase, Ms. Leslie particularly finds importance in informing her students about dangerous heart problems as well as emphasizing how they can take care of their own hearts through healthy habits such as exercise. 

After enthusiastically stating her desire to win during last year’s effort, fourth grader Olympia Cramer was excited to be CET’s top fundraiser for the second year in a row with her $3,552.68 raised. 

Olympia chose to pie Mr. Campanaro, who said that the pie was “pretty sticky” but that this “is for a great cause and to increase student engagement.”

“This was not fun only for the reward of pieing someone, but I really wanted to be able to help people with bad hearts,” said Olympia.

News12 highlighted the event in their "State of Our Schools" segment!