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Crofton’s Elementary Students Are Jumping For Heart Disease Research

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This year’s third, fourth, fifth and sixth grade students are participating in Jump Rope for Heart. Which is a fundraising program for schools, where during gym class students will do fun activities that include a jump rope or two. “It is a great way to keep our kids’ hearts healthy while raising vital funds for the Heart Foundation” explains the heart foundation website.

The students at Crofton Elementary School started this program on November 6 and have since been jumping in their physical education class during the school day. They are also asking neighbors and relatives for donations to the American Heart Association. Students get prizes depending on how much they sell that include key chains, jump ropes, t-shirts, playground balls, plush toys and more.

Since 1978, Jump Rope for Heart has raised more than $810 million for research and educational programs. Established in 1983, AHA has increased students’ knowledge of how to take care of their hearts and how they work, according to the AHA website. They hope to promote the value of living a heart-healthy lifestyle to help them feel better while having fun. Heart disease is the nation's number one killer and strokes are the third leading cause of death. Starting in 2003, AHA has committed more than $44.1 million to research relating to children’s health. The AHA wants to honor those in your own communities who have been and are affected by heart diseases. Each year more than 300,000 students take part in this fundraising in more than 1,500 different schools. There are also funds from over 500,000 sponsors that give donations each year.

“It is a good program that teaches students of all ages how to raise money for good causes. It also teaches them that being healthy is a huge part of your life” said sixth grader Kaylee Mauch. The students are enjoying this fundraiser and jump roping in their gym class. They are learning about the risks of these diseases and how to prevent them by staying healthy and active. Most years the students have raised around $3,000 for the AHA program.