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Sun Valley Elementary School Partners with the American Heart Association for Jump Rope for Heart

From left to right: Landon Cable and Carter Molchan show off their duck lanyards during lunch.

Sun Valley Elementary School continues to partner with the American Heart Association on a heart health awareness campaign with a school goal to raise $3,500.00 during February 2014. It is staggering to think that heart disease and stroke are America’s #1 and #4 killers for women and men. Every day younger women are diagnosed with heart disease. Obesity in both men and women play a major role in heart disease and stroke. Childhood obesity rates across America s are at an all time high.

In order for SVES students to get on the right path, PE teacher Cole Hurst took over raising money for Jump Rope for Heart and the American Heart Association. This initiative was first brought to the Sun Valley Elementary community by the school’s After School Department. Hurst’s goal was to expose all of Sun Valley Elementary’s children to this worthwhile campaign of over 700 instead of just a few that were assigned to the school’s After School Program.

Hurst said, “Every dollar raised will go toward life-saving education and research.” By directing SVES parents to the Jump Rope for Heart website, Hurst has raised thousands of dollars for this worthwhile cause.

Third grade student Carter Molchan in Katelyn Hoffman’s class said, “Jump Rope for Heart is a program for kids to raise money for kids who have heart problems. The money goes to doctors to help them learn how to save people’s lives. When the kids raise the money they get prizes. There is this one kid named Colby, and he has had six heart surgeries. Raising money for Jump Rope for Heart helps out.”

Third grade student Landon Cable in Ashley Downs’ class said, “I am wearing this lanyard with a duck on it because I’m donating money to the American Heart Association. So far I have raised $102.00 for Jump Rope for Heart, and I am hoping to get more. My grandparents sent me money for my report card, and I decided to use it for Jump Rope for Heart. My goal is to achieve $200.00. I just need $98.00 to achieve my goal. The main reason I’m doing this is for the people with sick hearts because it takes a heart to be a hero.”

Hurst took over American Heart Association for Jump Rope for Heart in 2011-12. Sun Valley Elementary After School Program participated the previous year and collected $600. Hurst collected $6,326.96 this school year. For more information on the American Heart Association for Jump Rope for Heart click HERE.

Written by: Kevin Vickers
Posted: Feb 27, 2014 by Kevin Vickers

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