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State PE association recognizes Patrei and Raux

photo of Raux and Patrei with a plaque

Thunder physical education teachers Tara Raux and Joe Patrei earned deserved praise for their Jump Rope for Heart efforts.

The New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, Northern Zone recognized Central Valley physical education teachers Joe Patrei and Tara Raux for their outstanding work coordinating an American Heart Association “Jump Rope for Life” event at Fisher Elementary in 2016. The event raised more than $15,000—more than any other school in the region. (Read about their efforts)

The health group honored the two at a banquet held Wednesday, Mar. 2 at the Rusty Rail in Canastota.

Over the last several years, Patrei and Raux coordinated Jump Rope for Life events, with each more successful than the last. Not only did they raise critical funds for heart disease research, they raised awareness of the need for exercise to maintain good health. Their enthusiasm inspired students to jump and laugh toward healthier lifestyles.

“Tara and Joe deserve this recognition. They successfully connected learning to life in way that was clearly meaningful to students and their families,’ said Superintendent Rich Hughes.

“They are further proof of the great teachers at Central Valley who can take learning to the next level.”