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Students at Atoka Elementary have been very active this winter, participating in a Make-A-Wish fundraiser and a Jump Rope for Heart Competition. For the Make-A-Wish fundraiser, students tossed coins into a tin bucket each day, starting on Monday with pennies, followed by nickels, dimes and quarters. As the week progressed, the tin bucket became heavier and heavier, said assistant principal Rob Dawson.

The class to donate the most coins won a one hour inflatable slide party. This is the first year for the Make-A-Wish fundraiser, which set a goal for $5,000. Last year, the school raised more than $4,000 for St. Jude, according to guidance counselor Dewana Sneed.

Last week, the students pariticipated in Jump Rope for Heart, collecting donations for the American Heart Association. Throughout the day, students jumped rope to stress the benefits of exercise and a healthy heart.

Kindergartener Kaitlin Linton was the top donor, raising more than $1,300. Kaitlin raised the money in honor of her five month old cousin, Johnathan, who passed away from a heart condition.

The school raised more than $11,000 for the American Heart Association for a total of more than $16,000 raised in January for the two worthy causes.

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