Every year our Lower School students pair up with the American Heart Association to host the Jump Rope for Heart. The AHA, a non-profit organization, encourages appropriate cardiac care to reduce disability and deaths caused by cardiovascular disease and stroke. Over eight million kids have participated in this cause that started in 1983.
The fundraising event is based on skipping. It teaches school-aged children how to keep fit and healthy, while raising funds for the heart disease research.
On February 14, our fifth graders joined with the lower school students as the seniors turned the ropes for their buddies. Adding the fifth grades and kindergarteners to the event brought more grade levels to unite for the fun.
Although Jump Rope for Heart is supposed to be a relaxed form of cardio, even jumping at a moderate rate burns around ten to sixteen calories a minute. It’s an easy way for kids to let off some steam and help improve their strength, gain confidence, and build stamina.