The school hopes its annual American Heart Association fundraising event exceeds last year's donations.
Melville Elementary students really sprang into action Monday. The students spent Valentine's Day participating in the school's annual American Heart Association Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser. Patch dropped by Melville as two of the four first grade classes jumped, skipped and hula-hooped along to thumping dance music. Physical Education teacher Pam Storme said she's anxious and excited to tally this year's donations. So are the students. That's because Storme promised that she would teach basketball while dressed in a pink and black tutu if the students topped last year's total of $5,500. According to Storme, the chances of topping that number are good as many students brought in donations of a $100 or more.
Emily Frantz, senior at PHS, sees the fruits of her labor on Saturday at PHS's first-ever Cardiothon.
Last spring, Portsmouth High School senior, Emily Frantz got inspired. The PHS Cardiothon, was created by Frantz to raise money to help purchase cardio equipment - treadmill, elliptical, and bike - for the school's gym. "I use the fitness center a lot after school, so I wanted to give back and make it better," Frantz said. Half of the funds raised will benefit the American Heart Association (AHA). Nancy Fitzgerald, a physical education teacher at the high school, recalled how impressed she was when Frantz approached first her about raising money to get the school more gym equipment and donate to the AHA. As her advisor for the project, Fitzgerald has watched the time, effort and passion Frantz put forth to make the walk possible. "She…