Did you know that you would have to walk for over one hour to burn off a piece of birthday cake? This year Jump Rope For Heart is celebrating our 30th birthday, but instead of celebrating with cake and cupcakes we will be celebrating by jumping rope and doing other heart healthy activities.
On Friday, February 13th our school will hold our annual Jump Rope For Heart event. These events are held at schools nationwide and not only help students learn about the benefits of regular physical activity and heart health, but also raise funds to support vital heart, stroke and diabetes research as well as educational programs.
The American Heart Association is dedicated to helping people live longer, healthier lives. The money we raise helps people in our community learn how to avoid heart disease and stroke and also helps our local patient care. Did you know that one in three American adults suffers from heart attack, stroke, or other forms of cardiovascular disease? Our school will qualify for gift certificates for free physical education equipment based on the amount we raise, and students will qualify for individual thank-you gifts based on the donations they collect.
If your child receives any cash donations, please convert those to a check prior to turning in the collection envelope. All checks should be made payable to the American Heart Association. The deadline for your student’s collection envelope to be turned in is Friday February 13th
To help your child raise money the fun and easy way, you are encouraged to use our online fund-raising tool found at www.americanheart.org/jump and click the link “I Am Ready!” Your child can personalize his or her own Web page and include a message about why he or she is participating in Jump Rope For Heart. Next, send e-mails to friends and family to ask for support. After you have completed raising money online, print your child’s online donation report and include it inside the collection envelope. Refer to the collection envelope for more detailed instructions on how fun and easy online fund raising really is.
Also, don’t forget to ask your child’s donors if their employers have matching gift programs. This is an easy way to increase donations collected by your child. To find out which companies will match the American Heart Association, please visit www.matchinggifts.com/aha. All matching gift forms should include your child’s name and school name so the donations can be properly designated.
Jump Rope For Heart is a fun event that helps our children understand the importance of community service and physical activity while helping to save lives. Your family can celebrate our birthday “whole-heartedly” with heart healthy habits that will last a lifetime.
16% of our Nation’s
children are overweight - that is 4 times more than forty years ago.
Coach Kevin Schichtel
Physical Education Specialist