Heart Association honors ASH teacher Bogucki
N.Y. (June 22, 2017) -- The
American Heart Association on Thursday lauded longtime Albany School of
Humanities (ASH) physical education teacher Leslie Bogucki for
encouraging 30 years of students to be active and for raising some
$200,000 for the Heart Association during that time.
She was recognized for her efforts during the ASH
Grade 6 Moving Up Ceremony.
“Like all great teachers, Leslie Bogucki makes
learning fun. She gets even the most reluctant students excited about
exercising and being healthy, and her work with the Heart Association is
just one example of how she motivates kids to help the community while
they help themselves,” said Kimberly Young Wilkins, Ed.D., interim
superintendent of the City School District of Albany.
Bogucki, pictured at right accepting the honor, has
incorporated “Jump Rope for Heart” into her lessons by teaching students
about the importance of healthy habits and exercise – including jumping
rope. Each year she spearheads a school-wide “Big Jump” event where
students jump rope to raise money for Heart Association programs.
According to the Heart Association, one third of all
of New York children are overweight or obese, putting them at high risk
for heart disease or stroke later in life.
“By engaging them in a fun activity like jumping
rope, Leslie has taught generations of children that exercise if fun,
increasing their chances or living longer, healthier lives,” said Kathy
Lanni, chair of the Heart Association’s Capital Region Advisory Board.
ASH Principal Fred Engelhardt noted Bogucki’s success
in engaging students in health and fitness while at the same time
encouraging them to be good global citizens.
“Jump Rope for Heart is one activity Ms. Bogucki
always finds time to champion, and the school community looks forward to
it every year. She leads the charge to inform students of healthy
practices and encourages them to help others,” he said.
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