Students raise $26,660 with 'Jump Rope for Heart'

By Dwight Collins | Jun 10, 2014
Courtesy of: Gary Spinney Alex jumps high during the "Jump Rope for Heart" Program at Camden-Rockport Elementary School. CRES students raised more than $26,000 at this year's event.

Rockport — When it comes to raising money for the American Heart Association, students at Camden-Rockport Elementary School are tops in the state.

CRES has been recognized as the top fundraising Maine school for the American Heart Association “Jump Rope for Heart” program, raising $26,660.

Out of more than 230,0000 schools nation wide, CRES is currently ranked 12th. In 16 years, the school's Jump Rope for Heart students have raised a total of $357,539.26.

All CRES students in grades one through four, including the multi-age classrooms, took part in the program with the goal of learning more about their hearts, and how they can keep them healthy.

“The students had fun participating in jumping rope in physical education classes as well as on the playground. Students enjoyed learning new jump rope skills and routines,” physical education and health teacher Gary Spinney said. "It was very exciting to see all the efforts of each child come together in physical education classes and especially during the Jump Rope for Heart event. I especially enjoy observing the excitement continue long after the event is over.”

“Jump Rope for Heart” began more than 35 years ago. Each year more than 7 million children participate; uniting parents, students and the community in an important cause. By participating in these events, students are given the opportunity to contribute to the fight against heart disease and stroke by raising money for research and education.

This program helps students learn about the benefits of regular physical activity and heart health. It also teaches children the value of giving back to those in need.

During the “Jump Rope for Heart" lessons, CRES students are reminded that there are other students just like them as well as people in their community that are experiencing heart conditions. When they “jump rope for heart” they are supporting the American Heart Association as they help people learn to live longer, healthier lives.

“Many thanks go to students, parents, volunteers, and community for their hard work and commitment to the CRES Jump Rope for Heart Program and the American Heart Association,” Spinney said.

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