Kerr Student Serves as Ambassador
arissa ritter has a perfect heart. but it wasn’t always perfect. As the kickoff of Kerr elementary School’s Jump rope for heart fundraising activity, Marissa told the story of how she was born with a hole in her heart, and that six months ago she had open-heart surgery to correct the defect. What made the story especially meaningful to the Kerr student body is that Marissa is a first grader at their school. Marissa was recently named the local ambassador for the American heart Association. In that role, the seven-yearold and her mother, Alison ritter, will be traveling to local schools on behalf of the American heart Association to share Marissa’s story. Additionally, she will be invited to attend the next annual heart ball. Marissa and her mother told her schoolmates that doctors said the hole (located in the ventricle in her heart) might repair itself over time. even with the defect, Marissa was allowed to participate in normal activities. however, this past summer, doctors told her and her family that she would need open-heart surgery. Marissa said she was “kind of scared” when the doctor asked if he could fix her heart. “It really hurt. but it was fun because I got lots of presents,” Marissa said about the surgery and her four-day stay at Children’s hospital. Ten weeks later, Marissa was able to resume her normal life of dancing, playing soccer, being involved in Girl Scouts, and swimming. Physical education teacher Alex Slezak, who coordinates the annual American heart Association fundraiser at Kerr and nominated Marissa for her role as ambassador, described how Jump rope for heart involves physical activity and raising money for the American heart Association. he also shared a video with the students, entitled “Champion of hearts,” that showed Marissa engaged in a normal school day full of activity and fun, thanks to her successful heart surgery. Students from Kerr, as well as students from some of the other Fox Chapel Area schools, gathered pledges from family and friends before they conducted their actual jump rope activity. Money raised will be contributed to the American heart Association.
by the end of the fundraising event, students learn the importance of maintaining a healthy heart by engaging in healthy eating habits and physical activity. They also know that the American heart Association exists to help maintain healthy hearts. And Marissa knows how important a healthy heart can be!
Heart Ambassador Marissa Ritter shows off the medal she received from the American Heart Association.
School Board Holds Reorganization Meeting
he Fox Chapel Area board of School Directors held its annual reorganization meeting in December 2009. Charles r. burke was re-elected president. robin F. baum was re-elected vice president. Sandra M. Garbisch was elected assistant secretary. The board also set the following meeting schedule for 2010: Agenda Study Sessions – April 12 (Fox Chapel Area high School - April 12 is a combined agenda study session and regular business meeting); May 3 (O’hara elementary School); June 7 (Dorseyville Middle School); August 23 (Fox Chapel Area high School - August 23 is a combined agenda study session and regular business meeting); September 13 (Fox Chapel Area high School - September 13 is a combined agenda study session and regular business meeting); October 4 (hartwood elementary School); November 1 (Kerr elementary School); and November 30 (Fairview elementary School - Tuesday). Regular Business Meetings – April 12 (Fox Chapel Area high School - April 12 is a
combined agenda study session and regular business meeting); May 10 (Fox Chapel Area high School); June 14 (Fox Chapel Area high School); August 23 (Fox Chapel Area high School - August 23 is a combined agenda study session and regular business meeting); September 13 (Fox Chapel Area high School - September 13 is a combined agenda study session and regular business meeting); October 11 (Fox Chapel Area high School); November 8 (Fox Chapel Area high School); and December 6 (Fox Chapel Area high School). The School board will also hold a special year-end meeting June 21 at Fox Chapel Area high School. The School board’s annual reorganization meeting will be held December 6 immediately following the December regular business meeting. All board meetings are held on Mondays (unless otherwise noted) at 7 p.m. Treasurer Karen A. Mitesser and Joanne C. Gaus, Frederick C. leech, robert Mauro, Sherman M. Snyder, and Joel r. Weinstein are also members of the board of School Directors.
Spring 2010 | IN Fox Chapel Area