First grader raises $1,600 by himself!

posted Mar 2, 2017, 11:36 AM by Joe Ferry   [ updated Mar 3, 2017, 1:12 PM ]
Brendan Lowry and family
As you know, our T.A.K.E.S. P.R.I.D.E. theme in January was “Service.” Here at Bedminster Elementary, one student took his commitment to “Service” above and beyond.

To date, first grader Brendan Lowery has raised more than $1,600 and counting for the American Heart Association all by himself. That is by far the highest total from one student ever at Bedminster.

Each January, physical education teacher Judy Antonucci organizes a “Jump Rope for Heart” program at Bedminster. Students commit to a certain level of physical activity during class and at home, with family members and friends pledging money for their efforts.

By the way, Bedminster students have raised more $155,000 since Jump Rope For Heart began in 2000, including almost $20,000 this year alone.

Brendan was so excited about participating that he signed up by himself online and put together a list of everyone he wanted to ask to donate. He even got the head of his father’s company to make a $500 donation!

But even that was not enough to satisfy Brendan. He decided to combine his love of Legos with his fundraising and came up with the idea of making a Lego Heart for each donation he received. He and his dad set up a website – For every donation he receives, he will be making a Lego Heart to donate to a child in a local hospital to make them smile.

Brendan, the compassion, persistence, creativity, and love you have shown in so many ways over the past few weeks is amazing and inspirational to all of us. Thank you and congratulations to your parents for raising such a fine young man!