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Hearts get pumping at CVA for a good cause

Photo of Toon Squad team members

Pictured: Toon Squad team members
Back row: Bobby Hamilton, Will Shedd, Sean Bracken, Peter Fleming, Joe Girard, Derek Franco, and Ken Butler
Middle row: Austin Eaker, Ryan Sponburgh, Anthony Antonucci
Front row: Marshall Sterling

How can you encourage physical fitness and raise money for the American Heart Association? Sponsor a Dodgeball for Hearts Tournament! That is what students and staff at Central Valley Academy did to get a healthy start to the holiday break.

The event was coordinated by physical education teacher Jane Connors in conjunction with American Heart Association. Students were challenged to get a team together of 6-10 members and raise donations to participate. Students and staff also donated a dollar to watch the final championship game. Although the exact amount raised for the American Heart Association was not available at press time, it is estimated to be over $1,000!

On Dec. 20, everyone gathered in the gym ready to face each other in the competition. The student teams competed against each other in a single elimination tournament to see who will take on the faculty/staff team. As the battles began, all the teams were eventually defeated and it was a team of 11 students calling themselves “Toon Squad” who would be challengers.

Faculty/staff found it was no easy task to win the battle against these characters. They were defeated and The Toon Squad walked away as champions in this worthy event.

Below are photos of some dodgeball action. For more photos of the event visit Central Valley School District on Facebook.