On Friday, April 22, Elementary students attended an assembly to celebrate their achievements in raising money for the American Heart Association through the “Jump Rope for Heart” program.
Students at Johnson Creek Elementary jumped at the chance to fight heart disease and stroke, our nation’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers. Earlier this school year, students participated in the annual Jump Rope For Heart event to raise money for the American Heart Association, which funds lifesaving heart and stroke research and community and educational programs for our youth.
Jump Rope For Heart teaches students how physical fitness benefits the heart and shows them that volunteering can be a fun and positive experience for the whole community. The need to educate children about the importance of physical activity couldn’t be timelier. According to recent studies, about one-third of children ages 2 to 19 are overweight and obese.
For over 32 years, Jump Rope/Hoops For Heart has raised more than $810 million for the fight against heart disease and stroke. Millions of students have jumped rope and learned about heart health and how nutrition and physical activity can help prevent heart disease and stroke. Jump Rope For Heart is co-sponsored by the American Heart Association and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
As an incentive, students that raised at least $50 would have the opportunity to throw a pie in their favorite teacher’s face. In total, JC Elementary students were able to raise $3,782 for the organization, with 23 students getting the chance to throw a pie.