Carroll ISD teams up for a second year with the American Heart Association. During the month of Feburary, Carroll students, faculty and staff will particpate in Dragons Go Red. This campaign is aimed at spreading awareness about heart health and overall healthy living. Dragons will show they support the initiative by purchasing and wearing this year’s Dragons Go Red t-shirt. Shirt orders are being handled by campus nurses, with nearly half the proceeds from every shirt sold going back to the American Heart Association. Last year’s t-shirt sales totaled $7,605.
In addition to t-shirt sales, Carroll ISD will also particpate in numerous activities to promote Dragons Go Red. Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart are just two events happening across CISD in Feburary. Johnson Elementary and Old Union Elementary will host Jump Rope for Heart on Feb. 11, Carroll Elementary, Durham Elementary and Dawson Middle School have set their Jump Rope for Heart date for Feb. 18 and Rockenbaugh Elementary’s Jump Rope for Heart is scheduled for Feb. 25. Dawson Middle School also takes part in Hoops for Heart. Dollars raised during Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart will be combined with money raised through Dragons Go Red to earn PE equipment for the participating campuses.
Heart disease is the number one killer for men and women. Half of the men who die suddenly of coronary heart disease have no previous symptioms. Each year, more than five times as many women die from heart attacks than from breast cancer. In an effort to raise awareness among women the American Heart Association designated Friday, Feb. 4, 2011 is National Go Red for Women Day.
As part of Carroll ISD’s effort to keep Dragons healthy, the district will keep members of the Carroll community informed with hearth healthy tips and advice via electronic communications and regular posts and updates to the district’s website.