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Jump Rope for Heart 2014

POSTED 2/28/2014
D.H. Robbins students raise funds for American Heart Association
David H. Robbins Elementary School students concluded the school’s Jump Rope For Heart program Monday, Feb. 24 raising approximately $2,700 for the American Heart Association. 

Jump Rope For Heart is sponsored by the American Heart Association each year around Valentine’s Day and encourages students to solicit pledges from family and friends as they jump rope to raise money for heart research and education programs. 

During the two-week long event, students hold classroom rope jumping competitions. Top students from the classroom competitions in grades kindergarten through five proceed to a school wide assembly. 

Students participating in the school wide assembly were: circle jump rope (K-2): Brooke Arduini, Adara Nicolella, Brianna Brooks, Connor Perry, Lily Arduini, Katelynn Smith, Avalon Schoff, Sydney Hazzard, Jeffery Lillard, Nyha Bonneau, Noah Warner, Jocelyn Simzer.

Single jump rope: (1-5) Sebastian Arndt, Kamden Battisti, Shayna Straney, Tavia Schaffer, Jade Dygert, Karissa Battisti, Kaylea Hickey, Autumn Souza, Avalon Schoff, Baler Stowell, Khloe Case, Kendall Przestrzelski.

Long jump rope: (3-5) Travis LaFountain, Michaela Wilson, Shane Comstock, Andrew Snell, Allysa Baldwin, Manelly Escribano, Chelsey Schuyler, Nataley Caponera, Sydney Eggleston, Asa Handy, Jordan Simzer, Sydney Sova, Joe Christman.

During the remainder of the week, the jump roping continued as Principal Rebecca Marzeski fulfilled her pledge to make one jump for every dollar raised by the students. On Monday alone, the principal jumped rope 700 times in keeping with her promise to the students.

In addition to jump roping skills, the program also teaches students how to take care of their hearts and how to make a difference through charitable fundraising.

The contributions collected by the students will help fund lifesaving research for heart disease and stroke, leading killers of children and adults. It also funds educational programs to teach children the importance of staying fit, eating well and keeping a healthy heart. 

As a reward for raising such funds, the American Heart Association will be donating funding to the school for physical education equipment.

The D.H. Robbins Jump Rope For Hear Event is organized by Coach Hillary Cool.