McGrath Recognized by American Heart Association

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July 18, 2022

McGrath Elementary School has been recognized by the American Heart Association for its fundraising efforts during the 2021-22 school year. Students at McGrath raised $5,878, which ranked in the top 25 among participating schools in the St. Louis metro area.

“Our students know the importance of healthy hearts and minds,” said McGrath Principal Dr. Cindy Neu. “Even during times of financial uncertainty, you can always count on our students, staff and families to help support their community.”

A total of 55 students participated in the 2021-22 American Heart Association Kids Heart Challenge. Their contributions helped support a variety of heart healthy initiatives, including teaching effective CPR, advocating for quality healthcare and funding groundbreaking research.

McGrath also received an $800 giveback from the American Heart Association, which will be used to purchase physical education and health equipment. The school’s fundraising efforts were led by physical education and health teacher Craig Brodbeck.

“Craig did an amazing job again this year,” said Jen Rogers, senior youth market director for the American Heart Association. “He incorporates the importance of heart and mind health while making sure all students are having fun.”

McGrath’s lifetime contributions to the American Heart Association total more than $41,000.

“Each year, the McGrath community makes an unbelievable impact on the mission of the American Heart Association,” added Rogers. “We are so grateful for their partnership.”