During the month of May, the Floyd Academy raised and donated $1,530 to the American Heart Association and the National Stroke Association to support stroke awareness and prevention. Strokes are the third leading cause of death and the leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States.
Floyd Academy students set out to spread the word about ways to prevent strokes, while educating others on the warning signs to save lives. With the slogan, “Act FAST,” which is an acronym and simple way to identify the most common symptoms of a stroke – Face, Arms, Speech and Time.
F: FACE: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
A: ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S: SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is the speech slurred or strange?
T: TIME: If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.
At the conclusion of the fundraiser, the Floyd Academy welcomed Susan DiMartino, a youth market director from the American Heart Association for the check presentation. She is pictured in the photo at left next to teacher Dawn Battaglia, with Floyd Academy students and principal John Debenedetto. Special thanks to the students, staff and generous community for supporting this worthwhile cause!