February is nationally recognized as American Heart Month, a campaign sponsored by the American Heart Association (AHA) which promotes awareness of heart disease and how people can recognize and prevent it, both at home and in the community. On the first Friday of every February the nation comes together on National Wear Red Day. In conjunction with this campaign, on Friday, February 7th, Somerset County Public Schools will hold a Heart Health Awareness Day for employees at each school. SCPS employees are encouraged to wear red to work on this day, and each school will provide free blood pressure screenings to staff who request it. Each school has a designated wellness rep that is available to answer any questions about heart health and provide resources to staff members.
Each staff member will be given a red wrist band displaying the phrase “#HeartStrong, in memory of Irma Stromberger.” Ms. Stromberger, a paraprofessional having served Somerset County Public Schools for 31 years, recently passed away of a heart related illness at the age of 53. Her loss has affected much of the staff at SCPS, but has been felt most deeply by the faculty and students at Princess Anne Elementary School where she most recently worked for the school system. Princess Anne Elementary School staff and students as well as those at Crisfield High School will be participating in an American Heart Association fundraiser during the month of February. All money raised will be donated in loving memory of Ms. Irma Stromberger.
For more information about heart related illnesses, visit the American Heart Association on the web at https://www.heart.org/en/.