From an Everett Public Schools Point of Pride article.
Rhonda Kaleiwahea, Mill Creek Elementary School PE teacher, recently won the Outstanding Achievement Award in support of the American Heart Association's effort in cardiovascular science, education and community programs.
Over the past 20 years, Kaleiwahea and Mill Creek Elementary have raised over $200,000 for American Heart Association's programs with their “Jump Rope for Heart” participation. Her jump rope team has performed at many other schools encouraging and impacting their participation and success with “Jump Rope for Heart.”
According to the American Heart Association, “It takes $25,000 to fund a one-year pre-doctoral fellowship to help a medical student begin a career in heart or stroke research. Research is the starting point for all scientific advances. Pacemakers, new forms of surgery and lifesaving drugs could not have been developed without thousands of hours and thousands of dollars first spent on research.”
The American Heart Association is proud to have funded research, which has led to these and other important breakthroughs. The $200,000 Mill Creek Elementary has donated over the years has gone a long way to fund research and find cures for heart disease.
This is the second time the American Heart Association has recognized Kaleiwahea and Mill Creek Elementary for their contributions to hearth health. In 2008 the Association visited the school to say “thank you.”