Turkey Trot Fun Run a Huge Success

Hart's annual Turkey Trot Fun Run was a smashing success, drawing more than 175 students for the fun run and raising nearly $3,000 for charity.
 
The Turkey Trot was held after school on Wednesday, Nov. 19. The weather was perfect for fun races that pitted boys against girls on a track that spanned a little less than a mile.
 
The winners and their times are:
8th grade
1. Jose Sofield (3:10) & Roshni Nairr (3:24)
2. Iran Olvera (3:17) & Annie Geasa (3:27)
3. Jonathan Castro (3:19) & Brooke Campbell (3:39)
 
7th grade
1. Eric Toombs (3:16) & Adria Levell (3:29)
2. Jackson Ripplinger (3:20) & Rachel Reichenbach (3:39)
3. Victor Todor (3:25) & Bridget Booe (3:42)
 
6th grade
1. Daniel Payne (3:20) & Emily Barrett (3:27)
2. Daniel Rodriguez (3:25) & Samantha Salustri (3:49)
3. Matt Finney (3:33) & Kelley Dixon (3:50)
 
Runners were awarded frozen turkeys and gift cards to local businesses.
 
The Turkey Trot is also a fundraiser for charity. Principal Steve Maher chose the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) as this year's beneficiary to honor Hart students -- current, former and future -- who are living with type 1 diabetes.
 
Hart students really outdid themselves this year, pulling in an incredible $2, 983.37 for JDRF, the only group dedicated solely to finding a cure for diabetes. Last year, Hart students collected about $1,100 for JDRF -- so you can see that they really put their hearts into this year's coin drive.
 
Competition to raise money was a bit more fierce this year because JDRF offered incentive prizes. Ms. Wetklow's advisement class blew the other classes out of the water by raising an amazing $504. That averages out to $21.91 per student! The class wins a pizza party for its impressive efforts.
 
A special nod goes to teachers Pam Boni and Anne Jarmuz, who dug deep into their own pockets to match their classes' fundraising efforts.
 
Seventh-grader Emilie Francis wins a pair of design-your-own Converse sneakers for raising the most individual amount -- $300. Emilie has inspiration because her older sister has type 1 diabetes. A handful of other students turned in individual donations and will get incentive prizes for the money they raised. (Individual amounts were included in class totals.)
 
Perhaps the best news of all is that Hart gets to keep 10 percent of the money raised by our dedicated students. Mr. Maher has decided that the nearly $300 Hart will get will go to the Heart to Hart campaign to help Hart families in need during the holiday season.
 
A huge THANK YOU to the local businesses and Hart families who made donations for raffle prizes and/or to support the fundraiser for JDRF:
 
The Cheney Family
Don Hogue & Family
 
A special thanks to Jim Ott and Elizabeth Heydeck of UNCLE Credit Union for donating their time and coin-counting machines to count the hundreds of pounds of coins collected by our students. Please say thanks next time you're at an UNCLE branch.
 
Finally, thanks to the many Hart families who donated coins, bills and made bigger donations to support Hart's fundraiser for JDRF!