Carver Elementary students recently jumped rope to help fight heart disease and stroke, the nation’s number one and three killers.
The 4th and 5th graders participated in the annual Jump Rope for Heart, which raises money for the American Heart Association, Feb. 27 and 28.
One of Carver’s physical education teachers, Mario Anderson, said each jump session had about 90 children.
"They’ve been doing a great job," Anderson said the day of the event.
Three weeks before the jump-a-thons, the students were all presented with letters and packets of information, requesting they get donations from family members and friends.
"We asked that each child raise $5, so it wasn’t really a big deal with the donations they needed in order to participate," Anderson said. "But we’ve had several kids that raised up to $100. They’ve worked hard on this."
Christy Crowley, who also teaches P.E. at Carver, said more than 700 students participated this year, which she estimated to be an increase from last year.
"We raised right around $18,500 this year, maybe even a little more than that," Crowley said. "It’s the most we’ve ever raised. Last year I believe we raised somewhere around $14,500."
Funds from the event, which is held in schools across the country, go toward cardiovascular disease research and public and professional education programs. Jump Rope for Heart helps teach students how exercise benefits the heart and shows them that volunteering can be both fun and beneficial to the community.