Record Fundraising Year Lifts Stratford Schools’ Donations Total to American Heart Association to Nearly $1.5 Million

Photo from the American Heart Association (AHA) awards ceremony, including Stratford’s founder Sherry Adams.[Courtesy]


Stratford School has accomplished a record fundraising year, raising $266,935 for the American Heart Association (AHA), according to an internal announcement. The new donations have brought the schools’ lifetime total contributions to the AHA to $1,459,079, nearing the $1.5 million mark.

The fundraising was completed through the Stratford Cares program and other community-giving projects, all of which are aimed at generating substantial support for local programs and national organizations like the AHA.

This year’s donations to the AHA mark the highest annual amount that the Stratford School community has raised since the inception of these programs.

Stratford School founder, Sherry Adams, attended the awards ceremony celebrating the achievement. Sherry firmly believes that giving back to the community is an essential part of Stratford’s overall mission.

The AHA is a non-profit organization that raises funds for cardiovascular research and education. One of its primary events, the Kids Heart Challenge, helps students learn about their heart health while raising money for the organization. Stratford School has been a major participant in this challenge, being recognized for their extensive fundraising efforts.

Stratford has a long-standing tradition of encouraging its students to participate in charitable giving and community service. Each year the student council proposes local organizations that they would like to contribute to, then plans and executes their fundraisers with the help of the student body and their families. This is achieved through fundraising events and community giving projects, where families can help gather supplies and items that are needed in the community.

The school’s charitable efforts have not only created a substantial positive impact on the AHA but have also benefited the local community in various ways. This year in addition to raising over $10,000 for the AHA, the Altadena campus was recognized with the Stratford Cares award for their work to provide new school uniforms and school supplies for 500 students through the Pasadena Assistance League. Stratford Altadena students also raised funds to support the Los Angeles Food Bank, participated in a trike/bike-a-thon for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, donated art supplies to the Ronald McDonald House, and provided over 100 dozen cookies to Elizabeth House to support their annual holiday party.

Ongoing fundraising events throughout the year allow students and community members to actively participate in creating positive change through raising money and donating items for charitable causes along with developing essential leadership skills that will carry forward in their life as they continue to make a positive impact on the world around them. In addition, Stratford School recognizes “Heart Heroes,” students who have made significant contributions to the AHA.

With an ethos of every gift making a difference to a person or family in need, Stratford School continues to emphasize the impact of their charitable giving and encourages participation at all levels within the school and broader community.

In Altadena, Stratford School is located at 2046 Allen Avenue. For more information, call (626) 532-8367 or click here.



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