NEWBURGH - Meadow Hill Global Explorations School students in Newburgh, NY recently celebrated National Heart Health Month in a special way, by honoring former classmate Johnny Sileno, who tragically passed away from cancer in 2010.
Now in the third year, Jump for Johnny allows students and staff to take a break from their regular day to celebrate and remember Sileno with joy. One by one, participants laughed and smiled as they "Jumped for Johnny" in the school gymnasium.
In addition to the Jump for Johnny event, students also took part in a friendly foul shot shooting competition for the school’s 6th, 7th and 8th graders.
According to Physical Education teacher Kristen Gunsch, every day during their activity period the students were asked to shoot ten shots and at the end of the week each student had completed 50 foul shots. The students that placed in the top three spots received a basketball from the American Heart Association.
Healthy habits and facts were also shared with students throughout the month as part of the lesson.