This past year, Johnston County schools raised $103,247 for the American Heart Association.
Among elementary schools, Four Oaks led the way with $12,802. Among middle schools, fundraising honors went to Cleveland with $4,791.
Elsewhere, Durham County schools raised $71,928, while Harnett County schools raised $81,390.
Johnston schools and the American Heart Association are longtime partners, with elementary and middle schools taking part in fundraising events, including Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart. These events raise money and build awareness of heart-healthy habits.
At the Johnston County Board of Education meeting on Aug. 13, Michelle Gray, youth-market director for the American Health Association, was on hand to recognize the schools for their fundraising prowess.
She thanks David Pearce, the principal of Four Oaks Elementary, and Kendrick Byrd, principal of Cleveland Middle.
Gray also presented a plaque to Superintendent Ed Croom. The plaque recognized Johnston schools for having the highest student participation rate in the state.