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Dutch Lane Teacher Promoting Heart Health

Tom Glenn organizes Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser

Many children’s lives have been touched by the loss of a loved one to heart disease. Tom Glenn, a physical education teacher at Dutch Lane School and member of the board of directors of the Hicksville Congress of Teachers, recently helped the cause.

For each of the past eleven years that Tom Glenn has worked for the Hicksville School District, he has encouraged his students to participate in the American Heart Association’s “Jump Rope for the Heart” fundraiser.

“It’s huge for kids to give of themselves to people they do not know or may never meet,” said Glenn.

“The children are amazing,” said Glenn, who praised his altruistic students as they sought sponsors among family and friends. Despite the current economy, an unprecedented number of students turned out to raise the greatest amount of money that Dutch Lane has ever been able to donate.

On Nov. 29, 2011, 50 Dutch Lane students from the third- through fifth-grades volunteered after school to help benefit this worthy cause. For one hour, the “heart healthy” children participated in various exercises and jump roping activities. The students raised over $2,700, which was donated to local heart hospitals and will be used for research and public awareness/education. Glenn’s students are proud that their efforts will be making a difference in the lives of others.