Black’s Mill Elementary School hosted its annual Jump Rope For Heart event at the school Sept. 19.
More than 185 kids jumped rope and participated in other physical activities and games to raise money for the American Heart Association.
Each “jumper” raised funds by recruiting family and friends to sponsor them for the event.
Jump Rope For Heart is a national program that has raised money and awareness for the American Heart Association for 30 years.
Black’s Mill Elementary School has participated in the program for 10 years.
Sarah Pruitt, a physical education teacher at the school, encourages students to partake in Jump Rope for Heart each year because the event combines physical activity with community service.
“These sort of physical events fight against childhood obesity and allows children to learn about their family’s medical history, all while helping others,” said Pruitt.
“Plus, it’s a fun environment that keeps kids active and parents involved,” she added.
Proceeds from Jump Rope For Heart are used by the American Heart Association to fund research on heart and blood vessel disease and stroke.
“It’s potentially life-saving,” said Pruitt.
Students who experienced a personal loss from heart disease were encouraged to dedicate their jumping in honor of a loved one, friend, family member or teacher. All of those dedications will be mounted in the hallway of the school.
Students were sent home with information packets on heart disease that equip parents with pertinent facts about childhood obesity and heart-related issues.
“This is also about education,” said Pruitt.
McDonalds, Kroger, Appalachian Community Bank, BB&T, First Citizen’s Bank, Chick-fil-A and United Community Bank all donated door prizes, snacks and goodie bags for the event.