Mar 10th, 2011
LAKE WALES – On a recent cool and cloudy day, the playground at Janie Howard Wilson Elementary was “jumping” with students trying to raise money for a good cause.
After learning basic jump rope skills in their physical education class, students were jumping rope in the school’s annual Jump Rope For Heart event. This year they raised $862 for the American Heart Association.
“Students always look forward to this event,” said Coach Gary Fulton. “It’s a great event for the kids, and they are helping others.”
Janie Howard Wilson has participated in Jump Rope For Heart for nine years, raising more than $10,000 for the American Heart Association.
“Our students learn about heart health, and how physical activity can help them live longer, healthier lives. They also learn that they provide a community service by helping others,” said Principal Beverly Lynne.
Jump Rope For Heart is a national education and fund-raising event sponsored by the American Heart Association and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. The American Heart Association uses money raised through the program to support research for new treatments; to advocate for physical education and nutrition wellness in schools; and to provide CPR training for middle and high school students.
PHOTO #1: Top fundraisers (l-r) Colby Tucker, Jaleigh Clarke, Corina Chavez and Jennifer Tran pose with Coach Gary Fulton.
PHOTO #2: Kindergarten students enjoy jump rope activities during the annual Jump Rope For Heart at Janie Howard Wilson Elementary.