Hoops for Heart is a national fundraising program jointly sponsored by SHAPE America and the American Heart Association. HFH promotes physical activity, heart healthy living, and community service. AHA programs teach students valuable lessons that will last a lifetime. The AHA is second only to the U.S. government in funding research in heart disease and stroke. Mitchell County Elementary School’s faculty and staff raised money during the month of February to help save lives. On March 9, students and staff participated in shooting hoops for this great cause. The school held a similar event last year, raising $1,870. Health teacher, Mrs. Shanicie Williams, recognized the top fundraiser Akeelah Jackson, who donated $200 to the fundraiser. Tylik Williams and Bryceson Walker were also in the top three for raising the most money.