Students at La Porte City Elementary School are jumping at the chance to fight heart disease and stroke, our nation’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. Between now and February 13, La Porte City Elementary students will conduct the 5th bi-annual Jump Rope For Heart event to raise money for the American Heart Association (AHA). AHA funds lifesaving heart and stroke research and community educational programs for our youth. There was a kick-off assembly on Thursday, January 22 in the elementary gymnasium featuring the very talented Iowa Skippers!
Jump Rope For Heart teaches students how physical fitness benefits the heart and shows them that volunteering can be a fun and positive experience for the whole community. The need to educate children about the importance of physical activity couldn’t be timelier. According to recent studies, about one-third of children ages 2 to 19 are overweight and obese.
“By including physical activity into their daily routines, kids can significantly reduce the onset and burden of heart disease,“ said Terri Donlea, PE instructor at LPC Elementary School. “By raising money through Jump Rope For Heart, we are preventing heart disease and obesity for the next generation of Americans. Kids are literally jumping into a heart healthier life while becoming passionate about raising money for other kids with sick hearts.”
Please help students help others by making a donation. Ask any local elementary student if you can donate through them. If you would like to help more, call the American Heart Association at 1-800-242-8721 or visit online at