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Children do extra chores to help other children

By Karissa Manis, Producer, kmanis@wcyb.com
Published On: Feb 17 2013 05:28:57 PM CST
BRISTOL, Va. -

Smiling children are taking laps around their school, for good health and to raise awareness.
"Students here at Washington-Lee Elementary have been doing heart healthy exercises and during those heart healthy exercises, they've also learned about the heart being a muscle and how to keep their heart healthy," says teacher Rhonda Greene.

These third graders are helping raise awareness of Congenital Heart Defects.
"They did that in honor of my son who was born at Vanderbilt last year, and had to have heart surgery. This year they've taken it beyond me and my family. Our school is dedicating it to all congenital heart babies in the area," Greene says.

Not only are these children taking steps towards a healthy heart, they've also raised money by doing extra chores around the house.
"They've been bringing in their own allowance money to have a contest to see which homeroom could collect the most."
Because of their efforts, more than $400 dollars was raised for 'Mended Little Hearts'. Agnes Rhodes with the organization says she's grateful for their help.
"We are so thankful for all that they've done to help us spread awareness, so we can make more families aware of a child being born with a heart defect," Rhodes tells us.

Beyond Mrs. Greene's classroom, Morgan Glovier spent months trying to raise money for baby Ryan after he was born with a CHD.
"I came up with the idea to make earrings out of post-it notes, because it would be cheap, and we'd be able to raise a lot of money that way," Glovier says.

Because of these children, they are not only spreading awareness, but also spreading kindness.

For more information on 'Mended Little Hearts' or Congential Heart Defects, visit their website: www.mendedhearts.org