Fourth and fifth graders from Upson-Lee North Elementary know how to show how big their hearts are. They are all jumping rope last week to raise money during American Heart Month.
“The kids have been very enthusiastic about this drive and they are getting a lot of pledges. Some of our kids raised $200 and more,'” said Physical Education teacher Michael Kirby.
Jumping rope for the American Heart Association is personal.
“I'm jumping in honor of my sister,” said nine year old Brittany Price. “She had open heart surgery. Ever since she was born, she has been sick. I really know how important this is. I also remember my grandfather when I jump.”
February is American Heart Month. Every day last week, students at North Elementary participated in a Jump Rope for Heart event during their physical education classes, Kirby said.
“It's a fun event and it encourages community service and it is educational. Our students will learn jump-rope skills while raising money to fund life-saving research and educational programs,'” he said. “This is the age when these kids start to understand what this is all about. Plus they get to blow of some steam away from regular classroom activities.”
“We are learning how important it is to take care of yourself and exercising is a good way to do that,” said student Alyssa Foster. “I also raised some money to help those people who aren't as healthy as we are. It feels good to help, plus we have a really good time jumping and listening to the music Coach Kirby plays.”
Kirby said the students are not required to raise money in order to participate in the week-long event. He said all students will receive a certificate and sticker.