Brooks Elementary raises funds for heart association

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By Stephen Thomas

 BROOKS - Each year the students at Brooks Elementary show more heart towards charitable donations.

The school hosted its second annual fundraiser for the American Heart Association, doubling last year’s total.

Event organizer and physical education instructor Todd Crumbacker announced a grand total of $5,748.82, far exceeding a school goal of $3,100.

Crumbacker added that a few more online donations and collection envelopes may increase the grand total to near $6,000.

“This is a great thing here at Brooks,” he said. “This teaches kids the importance of getting involved in the community.”

As an addition to the fundraiser, Brooks hosted its second annual balloon release.

Students decorated red, white and pink helium balloons that were released in unison from the school’s rear parking lot.

“The balloon release is symbolic,” said Crumbacker. “If only one balloon is released, the community wouldn’t see it, but if we all make a point for every student to release, people can see it for miles. That’s how charity can work.”

Crumbacker credited the Brooks PTA for donating time to fill balloons, along with purchasing the helium tank.

The school’s top fundraising collectors were second graders Cole Durbin and Lilly Thompson.