Students to raise funds in Jump Rope for Heart
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS S.S. Palmer Elementary student Kyle Strohl does his best on the pogo stick in an effort to raise money as part of the Jump Rope for Heart program.
They've been granted permission to jump until their little hearts are content all in the name of a healthy cause.
Because the more they do, the more money elementary students in the Palmerton Area School District will raise for Jump Rope for Heart.
The program, which began last week but was stalled several times due to inclement weather, is set to wrap up Wednesday, said physical education instructor Ryan Heller.
Among the stations Heller said the students may participate in are the pogo stick, long jump, limbo/long rope, 60-second jumping jacks, a fun station, and naturally, jump rope.
Heller said the program teaches students in grades K-6 to raise money through positive exercise habits.
"It's to help people with heart problems, and to have fun," Heller said. "We're raising money to help other people get healthy."
Heller said this year's goal is to raise $10,000. Last year, he said the just under $10,000 was raised.
Sixth-grader Kyle Strohl was all business as he bounced up and down on the pogo stick.
"I like it; it's fun," Strohl said of the program. "I'd like to raise a couple of thousand [dollars]."
Fellow sixth-grader Austin Lewis said he believes the program is a win-win situation for everyone.
"It's a great way to have fun and get some exercise," Lewis said. "It's good because we're helping out people with serious problems."
Jump Rope For Heart is a national fundraising program sponsored jointly by the AAHPERD and AHA that promotes physical activity, heart healthy living and community service to children.