Nearly 1,200 students in grades pre-kindergarten through fifth recently jumped, skipped and hopped their way to a healthier lifestyle at Sawgrass Bay Elementary School, all while raising a few dollars shy of $3,000.
The total collected nearly doubles the money raised at the school during last year’s Jump Rope for Heart event with every penny benefiting the American Heart Association to fight heart disease and find a cure.
“This is the second year Sawgrass Bay Elementary has hosted a Jump Rope for Heart,” said Coach Lauren Colas. “Our students did a great job and everyone had a lot of fun.”
Students had the opportunity to jump in memory of friends and relatives, or just be part of the day. Music echoed through the outdoor pavilion as students danced, jumped rope and played jump rope games like helicopter and double dutch, or hula hoops and tag.
According to the American Heart Association, the elementary school years encompass a time when children should establish a strong foundation for movement skills. Positive learning experiences (like Jump Rope for Heart) can help establish a positive attitude and appreciation for participating in regular, daily physical activity for life. Additionally, this program promotes community service and teaches students to set and achieve goals while discovering that they can make a positive difference in their community.
As a special incentive, students who raised $50 or more through Jump Rope for Heart donations were given the opportunity to throw a pie at Principal Dr. Julio Valle, Jr., Assistant Principal Kathy Falcon, and Assistant Principal Winston Simon.
Students who raised $50 or more to be able to throw pies included: Joseph Arana, Zachary Richter, Ethan Clyne, Damaury Charles, Jachai McFarlane, Connor Pederson, Kaelyn Gurdak, Cole Amerman, Ashlley Isaacs, Xavier Bernat, Logan Hoskins, Jamison Polidan, Markese Ellington, Brandon Laracuente, Summer Yunker, and Isabela Foster.