09/12/2012 04:05 PM
BATON ROUGE – The LSU Laboratory School was named the “Top Turner” in the Greater
Southeast Affiliate of the American Heart Association, or AHA, and the 10th top school
in the nation, raising a total of $36,233 for the AHA in Jump Rope for Heart.
The Greater Southeast Affiliate of the AHA is comprised of the states of Alabama,
Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Puerto Rico.
The Jump Rope for Heart program educates students on the importance of heart health
while giving them the opportunity to raise donations for life-saving research.
With assistance from the entire physical education department, elementary grades physical
education teachers Joanna Faerber, Carrie Chandler, Christina Villarreal and secondary
grades physical education teacher Vickie Braud organized the event. The teachers incorporated
heart health lesson plans and exciting educational activities like “Cardiac Arrest,”
a tag game played on the football field, into their three-week campaign.
The school-wide program included a “Red Out” pep rally and students vs. faculty volleyball
game. Kindergarten student Anna Claire Kouns was the school’s top fundraiser, collecting
more than $2,300. She placed fourth in student fundraising in the Greater Southeast
“I wanted my daughter to see the importance of doing for others,” said Candace Kouns,
Anna Claire’s mother. “She asked for all the donations herself and even wrote handwritten
thank-you letters to each and every donor.”
The school will be partnering with the AHA again this school year and is planning
to hold their event in the month of February.
The LSU Laboratory School serves more than 1,300 K-12 students and operates through
the LSU College of Human Sciences & Education as an independent school system and
an educational research center. It was named by the U. S. News & World Report as one
of the country’s top 1,000 public high schools, and also received an “A” on the annual
School Report Card from the Louisiana Department of Education.
For more information about the LSU Laboratory School, visit www.uhigh.lsu.edu.
For more information about the College of Human Sciences and Education, visit www.lsu.edu/chse.
Posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2012