By Terri Donlea, Physical Education Instructor

On February 12-14, students at La Porte City Elementary School jumped all over heart disease and stroke by participating in Jump Rope For Heart. The students raised $12,725.09 for the American Heart Association, which funds research, programs and education to fight heart disease and stroke, our nation’s number one and number four killers. This far surpassed our previous fundraising record of $7,637 set in 2007!

“I’m so pleased with the success of this year’s event,” said Terri Donlea, Jump Rope For Heart coordinator.

“We all had a lot of fun, and the kids enjoyed learning about the importance of disease prevention through proper eating habits and physical activity. They also displayed a lot of compassion for those people who are sick with heart disease. I’m so proud of how hard they worked to raise so much money for this worthwhile cause.”

Third grader Belle Olson was the school’s top fundraiser this year with a total of $748! When asked how she raised so much money Belle said, “I have lots of aunt and uncles who donated, plus I had a bake sale at my church to raise money.” Belle’s inspiration for working so hard was her grandma, who passed away from a heart attack. She stated that she felt like Jump Rope for Heart was one way she could help people like her grandma.

Jump Rope For Heart is a program that promotes physical activity and heart health through jumping rope. It is co-sponsored by the American Heart Association and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

To make a donation or to find out more about Jump Rope For Heart logon to the website at www.heart.org/jump

TOP FUNDRAISER - Third grader Belle Olson raised nearly $750 for the American Heart Association, as part of La Porte City Elementary School’s Jump for Heart activities last month. Olson was the top fundraiser at the school, which set a record of over $12,000 raised. Photo courtesy of Terri Donlea.

TOP FUNDRAISER – Third grader Belle Olson raised nearly $750 for the American Heart Association, as part of La Porte City Elementary School’s Jump for Heart activities last month. Olson was the top fundraiser at the school, which set a record of over $12,000 raised. Photo courtesy of Terri Donlea.