Gift from the Heart

Recess is getting more fun at Windsor’s three elementary schools, thanks to the American Heart Association.

The group donated three recess kits, one each for Palmer, Weeks, and Bell Elementary schools. The kits consist of basketballs, soccer balls, frisbees, and other pieces of equipment that will get kids moving and having fun during recess and physical education class.

Children holding sports equipment 

“Anytime you can get new equipment for the kids, something they can enjoy during recess, it’s a great opportunity. It’s great that the American Heart Association offered it to us,” said Barb Phillips, Director of Data, Accountability & Continuous Improvement for the Windsor Central School District. Phillips and Bell Elementary principal Lorrie Hulbert led the District’s Heart Walk team.

Windsor’s team earned the kits after raising more than $12,000 for the American Heart Association for the charity’s Heart Walk. That was more than double the previous year’s donation.

“We gave the companies we work with an incentive. For every $2,500 more they raise than last year, we would donate a recess kit to a local school. Windsor’s team earned three kits and donated them to the district’s three elementary school,” said Gina Chapman, the Southern Tier Regional Director for the American Heart Association. 

Children grabbing sports equipment 

“We’re grateful for the gifts. They’ll be put to good use during recess and physical education. It’s very generous, and we’re happy that we got them,” said physical education teacher Mike Potenza. 

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