When people think of Valentine’s Day, they often think of the color red and often times, they think of hearts.

The students and staff of Seymour Elementary School really took the heart to heart for their Valentine’s Day celebration.

The student council at Seymour wanted to switch things up for their February activity this year.

“For years we used to do Jump Rope for Heart,” teacher and student council advisor Bonnie Cizek said.

“I talked to a woman from the American Heart Association and she said they had shirts we could sell.”

When Cizek and co-advisor Jean Gutschenritter pitched the idea to students, they ran with it.

“They really got into it,” Gutschenritter said.

The student council took over from there, informing students, helping get word out about the shirts and how other students could buy and donate.

“We announced how much they cost and what they were about,” fifth-grader Pamela Castanada said.

The students sold American Heart Association T-shirts for $3 a piece, with all profits going back to the American Heart Association. Altogether, students sold more than 200 shirts, raising more than $700.

“That was a lot more than Jump Rope for Heart,” Cizek said.

The school celebrated by having a dance party in the gym on Thursday afternoon.

Gutschritter was proud of the work the student council did by taking initiative.

“Our student council is very kid oriented and kid run,” she said. “There’s lots of student leadership.”

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