SKIPPING ROPE, NOT SCHOOL — Sixth-grader Robbie Smith shows off his jump roping skills, during the Jump Rope for Heart campaign at St. Aloysius Regional School. Photo submitted by Robert Duggan.
SPRINGVILLE — Students at St. Aloysius Regional School finished jump roping the past few weeks, in their physical education classes. Physical education teacher Bob Duggan said he thought it would be a great idea for students to get involved in the Jump Rope for Heart campaign, using those new skills.
“What is great about the Jump Rope for Heart is, it helps promote physical activity. In addition, children learn about heart disease, stroke and raise funds for the American Heart Association.”
These funds are used for research and health education.
St. Aloysius Regional School was able to raise about $1,300 for the American Heart Association. Seventh-grader Chandler Edbauer was the top overall fundraiser, having raised $425. Each student who could raise at least $5 would get a prize.
“This just goes to show how a school community can come together and support a great cause,” said Duggan.
Students have learned various ways of how heart disease starts in the body and also ways to prevent it. Students also learned how to find and take their own pulses.
In the gymnasium during gym classes, Duggan kept track of how many consecutive jumps each student participating could do. He challenged each of them, each class, to beat their score from the previous class. Students could see and track their progress of how many jumps they could do, as Duggan kept track of each student’s progress. Some students were able to jump 400-600 times in a row, the gym teacher reported.
More than 7 million students participate in Jump Rope for Heart or its partner, Hoops for Heart, every year.