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Students Raise Money for Hearts Across America

(Back-row, left to right) Tyrique Morser, Michelle Velasquez, Edgar Cuevas, Luis Morales, Nicuqavis Carelock (Middle, left to right) Tamara Velasquez, Emma Jacobus, Karina Gil, Victor Lopez, Jayln Hammonds (Front, left to right) Kayla Velasquez, Patrick Miller, Marel Moralos.

February is American Heart Month across America. Benton Heights School of the Arts’ students helped raise money for heart disease by participating in Jump Rope For Heart during their Physical Education classes. This year was a great success.

Mrs. Denise Leon, P. E. teacher, who helped sponsor the event, said, “The students were having fun, and excited to help raise money all at the same time. Students showed off their jump rope skills with single ropes, partner tricks, and long ropes.”

Mrs. Leon explained, “The older students had jump rope contests like the One Minute Jump, how many jumps one could do in a minute regardless of how many mistakes they made and the Last Standing Contest, who could jump the longest without making a mistake. Our Kindergarten, First, and Second graders participated in jumping stations. For example, hop scotch jumping, jump twists, hula hoop jump rope, and jumping rope. We had a great time! Our students are super jump ropers!”

“I am very proud of the fundraising our students did for the American Heart Association”, said Leon, “We raised $1,003.00 and last year we only raised around $460.00.”

The top six student fundraisers were Kayleigh Sherrod, Emma Jacobus, Tymeria Sloan, Patrick Miller ,Tamara Velasques, and Tamya Thompson . A special thanks to the parents, students, and community for making this years Jump Rope for Heart such a success.

Heart disease kills an estimated 630,000 Americans each year. It’s the leading cause of death for both men and women. To prevent heart disease and increase awareness of its affects, Benton Heights School of the Arts proudly participating in American Heart Month.

In the United States, the most common type of heart disease is coronary artery disease (CAD), which can lead to a heart attack. You can greatly reduce your risk for CAD through lifestyle changes and, in some cases, medication.

Written by: Robin Pettit, Computer Information Technologist
Posted: Mar 23, 2012 by Robin Pettit

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