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Madawaska students raise most in state for American Heart Association

MADAWASKA, Maine — The American Heart Association recognized two students from Madawaska Elementary School on Monday, May 21, for being the top two fundraisers in the state of Maine for the AHA’s Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser.

Nicholas Poitras, sixth-grader, and Blake Hodgkin, second-grader, received awards for raising the most money in the entire state during the Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser that took place in April.

Gary Urey, director of youth markets for the American Heart Association for the state of Maine, drove up from Portland to hold an assembly to honor the two students and present them with a plaque detailing their efforts in the fundraising.

Madawaska Elementary School was the third highest fundraising school in the state, adding to the funds, which totaled over $1 million in Maine.

“You guys helped us raise $1.3 million for us to give to scientists, doctors and research labs to help come up with ways to fix people with heart problems,” Urey told the assembled students Monday.

The foundation gives out one award each year to the top fundraiser. This year, the American Heart Association gave out two.

“The two boys were so close, they deserved it,” Urey said. “No one else came that close to raise that much in Maine.”

Poitras’ father, Marco Poitras, attended the assembly to watch his son receive the award.

“I’m overwhelmed,” he said. “[Nicholas] is such a hard worker, he was always getting out after supper saying ‘OK, I’m going to go get some money.’”

Follow Morgan Mitchell on Twitter @TheMaineMorgan

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