T. Clay Wood Elementary School has joined the fight for healthy hearts. On Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. the school held its first “Jump Rope for Hearts” event; students and parents joined physical education teacher Cindy Probus in jumping short and long ropes and doing the limbo.
Probus said the goals of the American Heart Association nicely match the standards of learning for her P.E. class.
“Jump rope is a great aerobic exercise. The American Heart Association sends lesson plans on how important exercise is,” Probus said.
Students also became ambassadors for heart health, since collecting funds for the nonprofit spurred conversations with family members. Students learned about relatives who were affected by heart disease, and what precautions they could take to stay healthy.
Probus even created a bulletin board where students filled out messages on pink paper hearts. The messages all began “I am a heart hero because…,” and the children shared personal messages about relatives who had suffered from heart disease, heart attacks or strokes.
The fundraising campaign also encouraged students to create their own website in which to solicit funds for the nonprofit organization.
T. Clay Wood Elementary School had a goal of $8,000. So far $2,000 has been raised on website, but the school has yet to tally the final total.
Parents and children who attended the event on Tuesday enjoyed the physical activities as adults and children jumped rope together.
Student Cara Vollmer, who attended along with her brother Carter, said Limbo was her favorite activity of the night,”because I liked the challenge.”
At the end of the night, parents and children gathered together to pose for a photo beside the home-made banner.
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