South Colonie kicks-off Kids Heart Challenge

hundreds of students and a dozen staff members dressed in red make heart shape with their hands.
Best Heart Forward: Students kick-off ‘Kids Heart Challenge’ to benefit American Heart Association at Saddlewood Elementary on Friday, Jan. 31.

On Friday, Jan. 31, students, faculty and staff at both Forest Park and Saddlewood Elementary schools participated in a school-wide program to kick off this year’s ‘Kids Heart Challenge’ in support of the American Heart Association. The South Colonie Central School District has participated in this program for years raising  $368,914 in total support for the organization.

“The Kids Heart Challenge prepares students for success through a focus on physical and emotional well-being, “ said Coach Meacham, Forest Park Elementary. “We are thrilled to once again be participating in this amazing program where we can promote physical activity, encourage healthy eating habits among our students, and support a vital organization in our community.

adult in a bird costume and another adult standing on the state
Coach Meacham shares the stage with Forest Park’s mascot Freddie the falcon during the ‘Kids Heart Challenge’ kick-off on Friday, Jan. 31 at Forest Park Elementary.

“February is American Heart Month and the ‘Kids Heart Challenge’ provides a fun and engaging way to learn about being heart healthy and at the same time make an impact“ said Jill Penn, Forest Park Principal. “Our school community has continuously supported this event and I am excited to see our students, staff and families come together again for this important cause.”

The Kids Heart Challenge will run throughout the month of February. Individuals interested in supporting can participate by visiting and search for one of the South Colonie Central District participating schools: Forest Park Elementary, Saddlewood Elementary, Shaker Road Elementary, Lisha Kill Middle School, and/or Sand Creek Middle School.