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Poplin Patriots Jump with Heart

Kindergartener Madeline Bays assists Mark Rothstein during the performance.

The music was thumping. The students were clapping. The gym was dark and buzzing with excitement. Then athlete Mark Rothstein burst onto the stage jumping rope in ways that can only be imagined. In an instant Rothstein had the attention of students and staff as he showed off skills that have made him famous, along with being a Guinness World Record holder for more than 36 hours of continuous jumping.  Rothstein visited Poplin Elementary on Monday, February, 14th. 

All of this was arranged because February is National Heart Month. Melinda Jobe, who teaches Physical Education at Poplin, wanted to kick off the “Poplin Patriots Jump with Heart” fundraising event for students and thought there was no better way to inspire students than to spend a day with Mark Rothstein. After the opening show, students received more instruction from Rothstein during their Specials time throughout the day.

This month Poplin students are being asked to raise money to support the American Heart Association and for physical education equipment and technology. During February students will continue to learn about fitness, exercise, skill development and healthy habits for life. Students will also learn about the importance of fighting for a cure for heart disease as well as honoring and remembering the family members and friends who have struggled with the effects of the disease. The goal for this project is to raise $5,000.00. The top five students will get to throw a pie in a teacher’s face and if an individual student raises $250.00 or more, Michael Peck, a Fourth-grade teacher, has agreed to shave his head.  The deadline to turn in money is March 2, 2011.

Written by: Beth Medlin, Media Coordinator
Posted: Feb 14, 2011 by Beth Medlin

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