As basketballs sailed through hoops at John G. Dinkelmeyer Elementary School in the North Bellmore School District, students were not only taking care of their own hearts, but were helping stomp out heart disease.
During the week of Feb. 22-26, students took part in Hoops for Heart, part of the American Heart Association’s Kids Heart Challenge. Physical education teacher Jim Mulvey set up different basketball skill stations around the gym. Activities included Around the World, a game where they took shots from different spots, and dribbling relay races.
Students could also make voluntary contributions to the American Heart Association, and the school raised about $650. Mr. Mulvey said Hoops for Heart is an annual activity at Dinkelmeyer to help students understand the importance of staying healthy and fit as well as helping others through charitable acts.