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Kids Heart Challenge

Dear Families:


The American Heart Association Kids Heart Challenge will soon be collaborating with the IESDB Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Gooding, Idaho, that serves students throughout the state who are D/deaf, are hard of hearing, are blind, or have lower vision. (Please note that while the organization’s name is similar to that of the IESDB, which is an entity of the State Department of Education, the Foundation is a separate organization managed by a group of volunteers.) The groups will be kicking off Jan. 24 at 4 p.m. MST on a virtual basis at the following link:


In the webinar, which will include American Sign Language interpretation and automated captioning, students will learn how to have happy and healthy hearts and brains while raising donations to help others who have special hearts. Plus, your family can learn the lifesaving skill of Hands-Only CPR in Finn’s Mission! 


Participants of any age who are D/deaf or hard of hearing and their families are welcome to attend. Registration is available free of charge at the following link:

People living in additional states who are D/deaf or hard of hearing are welcome to participate; the IESDB Foundation board requires that regardless of location, students engaging in the program do so under the direct supervision of a parent or another adult caregiver.

The program has been arranged by an IESDB Foundation board member and parent volunteer in collaboration with American Heart Association staff members; the Foundation board appreciates both what the organization does to offer such programming to members of the communities they serve and their commitment to accessibility.

IESDB students and their family members who are interested in arranging similar programming for additional audiences are welcome to volunteer with the IESDB Foundation in doing so. The organization's board meets monthly on a virtual basis between August and May; those who are interested in learning more about the opportunity are invited to contact the board to request additional information.


PLEASE NOTE: IESDB students who have an IEP are eligible to receive a refurbished computer free of charge through the Idaho Assistive Technology Project. Additional information about the program is available at Additionally, Internet access might be available through public libraries or other organizations throughout the state.


In honor of the American Heart Association’s 100th anniversary, we want to celebrate! Join the IESDB Foundation team TODAY at or by downloading the FREE AHA Schools App for Apple or Android


Thank you for supporting the IESDB Foundation and the American Heart Association. Together, we are saving lives!

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