Students participate in Kids’ Heart Challenge, Jump Rope for Heart
By Eric Cyone
Health and physical education teacher
Benner and Pleasant Gap elementary schools
During the month of November, second- to fifth-grade students at Benner and Pleasant Gap elementary schools participated in the Kids Heart Challenge and Jump Rope for Heart. This nationwide program, which is sponsored by the American Heart Association, helps children learn about the health benefits of regular physical activity and gives them an opportunity to raise money for a great cause.
During the Jump Rope for Heart event, students worked together to continuously keep their teams’ jump ropes moving for 35 minutes. They had fun exercising and demonstrating their jump rope skills, while showing how they can cooperate with each other.
The students worked even harder to raise money for the American Heart Association. Together, students at Benner and Pleasant Gap elementary schools raised more than $8,000. In 11 years of participating, both schools have combined to raise nearly $90,000 for the American Heart Association. These funds support vital heart and stroke research, as well as educational programs. In addition, because of the kids’ hard work in raising that amount, each school will receive a certificate toward the purchase of new physical education equipment.