‘Jump Rope for Heart’ big hit at Bluebonnet


By Alonzo Garza

The jump ropes were going non-stop at Bluebonnet Elementary on Friday, Feb. 15 for the second annual “Jump Rope for Heart” event.
The gym floor and blacktop were stomped and pounded all day long by students from first through fifth grades who thoroughly enjoyed jumping rope for fitness, fun and the American Heart Associati

on during their Physical Education classes.
“This year’s jumping event was a huge success,” program coordinator and Bluebonnet Physical Education teacher Candi Schuelke said. “We are very proud of all the jumpers from every grade level for helping us with this fundraiser. You could tell all the kids and grown up volunteers had a lot of fun.”
The “Jump Rope for Heart” program promotes physical fitness and heart health through fun jumping roping activities. The American Heart Association and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance sponsor the program.
The average heart beats 100,000 times each day and one of the best ways to take care of the heart is to make exercise a regular part of everyday life. “Jump Rope for Hearts” taught students how exercise benefits the heart and it showed them volunteering can be fun and beneficial to the whole community.
Bluebonnet students also learned how they could make a difference by providing important community service and having a great time at a fun-filled family event.
Money raised during “Jump Rope for Heart” will help to fund potentially lifesaving research and educational and community programs.
The money raised will also help fund research to fight heart disease and stroke and also support the American Heart Association’s public and professional education programs. Heart disease is the number one killer in America. Stroke is number three.
Bluebonnet students jumped all over heart disease and stroke by participating in “Jump Rope for Heart” throughout the day. They raised more than $3,000 for the American Heart Association.
Congratulations Bluebonnet students, you truly are an inspiration with a lot of heart.
Keep on jumping rope.


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