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.
Crofton High School FFA Advisor Stephanie Mann and the FFA chapter design a Program of Activities each year based on certain principles which consist of Building Communities, Growing Leaders and Strengthening Agriculture. Paper recycling became one of the new ideas for them that year. The FFA Chapter started this many years ago. “This is a environmental awareness for both the schools and community” said Mann.
This idea was presented by a former FFA officer and student, Megan Sage Mueller, with recycling the papers throughout the school. Mueller’s idea has been used since it was introduced to the school. In each classroom a plastic tote had been placed so staff and students could recycle their papers. At the end of each school week, two FFA members come around collecting all of the papers and placing them in plastic trash bags and take them to Mann’s classroom. The trash bags are also purchased through the FFA funds. FFA members collect about eight large plastic trash bags of papers each week.
Every time you recycle papers you save the environment from being polluted. Each ton of paper recycled saves 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, 7,000 gallons of water, and 60 pounds of pollutants being released into the atmosphere. Two million trees are used each year and never recycled. If people recycled the atmosphere will be more clean and can save over 250 million trees each year. “We do this because it is the right thing to do for our environment” stated Mann.
Mann and her husband take the paper over to a semi-trailer in Bloomfield, rather than having all of the papers build up at the recycling plant. When the entire trailer is full of recycled papers the Ruritan Club sells the papers that are inside of the trailer. The funds are then donated to Knox county to help many community projects for the citizens of this county. Scholarships are also received through these funds too. Please recycle!
By: Hannah Stephenson