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East High Street Elementary Raises More Than $12,802.70 for Heart Research

Feb 23rd, 2016 | By | Category: Front Page, News

February 23, 2016- East High Street Elementary School raised an amazing $12,802.70 in support of the American Heart Association (AHA) through its Jump Rope For Heart campaign. Top fundraisers were Abby Keener, Claire Mincemoyer, and Mason Schaffner. The trio raised nearly $1,500 between them.

Jump Rope for Heart is a school fitness and education program. The event takes place in schools across the country and teaches the value of cardiovascular fitness while raising money for research into heart disease and stroke.

As part of the local initiative, participants learned the benefits of physical activity, living a healthy lifestyle and the importance helping others by giving back to the community. Leading up to the event, students sought donations from family and friends to sponsor them in a jump rope challenge.

The fundraiser was held during the students’ gym class over a two-day period. Teamed in groups of 3, students spent a minute jumping rope or doing some other form of heart-healthy exercise and two minutes resting and stretching for their next turn.

Lori DiRisio, physical education teacher, coordinated the program at Rheems.

Photo caption: Third graders Adreanna Koukou and Levi Sites show off their skills during the jump rope for heart event.

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