Kathy Welsh

Kathy Welsh

Valley Central has Heart

Montgomery Elementary staff. Photo provided

MONTGOMERY – For the past 13 years, Valley Central School District has held a “Wear Red Dress Down Day” on “National Wear Red Day” to raise money to support the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign.

Last year, the district raised the highest amount of funds it ever raised for the cause in a single year, bringing the district’s lifetime donation amount to the American Heart Association (AHA) past the $20k mark. This year, the district beat its own record, raising a total of $2,232.

Valley Central has Heart

Viking Academy students and staff. Photo provided

National Wear Red Day is part of the Go Red for Women campaign, an initiative sponsored by the American Heart Association to raise awareness about heart disease in women. According to the Go Red for Women website, heart disease and stroke are responsible for one in every three deaths of women, but education and lifestyle changes can prevent cardiac events in a significant number of cases.

The awareness movement aims to “inspire women to make lifestyle changes, mobilize communities, and shape policies to save lives.”  Each year, on the first Friday in February, people across the country don red and donate money to the cause.

For the past two years, Valley Central has also been named a “Top Wear Red Day District in the State of New York” by the AHA, with the organization presenting the “Outstanding Achievement” award to the district twice.

“I’m so grateful to the many people who help to make this event a success year after year. From our building nurses who volunteer their time to collect donations and educate our staff, to our staff and students who donate and show their support by wearing red, the VC community always gives from the heart,” Central Registrar Janine Maridou, who has coordinated the event at Valley Central for the past 13 years, said. “The level of participation we see each year is a true testament to generous and supportive spirit of Valley Central.”

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