The Williamsport Area School Board recently recognized Emily Bogle, a fourth-grade student at Lycoming Valley Intermediate School, for receiving the Young Hearts Award for the Great River's affiliate of the American Heart Association.
Bogle is the daughter of Sherry and Jason Bogle, of Cogan Station.
According to her mother, Bogle decided to participate in the American Heart Association's Jump Rope for Heart event last winter in honor of her sister, Lauren, who was scheduled for open-heart surgery in April, and for Congenital Heart Defect Awareness.
Emily Bogle, a fourth grade student at Lycoming Valley Intermediate School recently received the Young Hearts Award for the Great River’s affiliate of the Amerian Heart Association. From left is Williamsport Area School Board president Lori Baer, Bogle and Superintendent Dr. Don C. Adams.
"The timing of the fundraiser made it something that all our friends and family could rally around. When all was said and done, Emily raised $3,225 for the American Heart Association," her mother said, adding the amount was raised in just a few short weeks.
The 9-year-old's fundraising effort placed her No. 1 in the association's Great River's Affiliate Region and No. 8 in the nation before securing one of the only two Young Hearts Awards given annually.
According to Bogle's mother, a recipient must be a volunteer and under the age of 16 who has made an exceptional contribution to the American Heart Association in support of its mission.
"We're very proud of Emily and happy for her to see that she can make a difference at such a young age," she said. "We are thrilled to see her recognized for her efforts and want to thank (the district) for taking the time to recognize her. The encouragement will hopefully continue to drive her forward."
As for Bogle's sister, Lauren, she had her surgery on April 10 at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
"She recovered beautifully and is thriving," her mother said, "and will be starting at Hepburn-Lycoming next fall."
Visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=jveDccXHtZ0 to view a sample YouTube video Bogle made during her fundraising effort.