WDC Elementary kicks off 'Jump Rope for Heart' fundraiser
Students at Wadena-Deer Creek Elementary are learning about the importance of developing heart-healthy habits and saving lives. They’re learning this lesson in a fun and active way – with the help of a jump rope.
On Wednesday, Feb. 4, students attended an assembly where guest speaker Wayne Geary from the American Heart Association (AMA) spoke about the “Jump Rope for Heart” fundraiser.
“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 and adults with sick hearts,” said Geary, who is the youth market director for AMA.
In 2013, WDC Elementary raised an impressive $5,607 in its Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser. Students, teachers and staff are looking to reach that goal once again for 2015 – with a few new incentives. If WDC meets its goal of $5,000, the top 10 student fundraisers will get to pie a teacher in the face and students will be rewarded with a school-wide hat day.
“Messages of staying tobacco free, eating right and exercise as a lifestyle will be reinforced while raising dollars critical to the development of lifesaving research,” said Danielle Jetvig-Renner, WDC physical education teacher. She and Katie Hill, WDC physical education teacher, are coordinating the Jump Rope for Heart event as part of their physical education classes.
Based on their fundraising goals, students can get individual “Heart Hero Ducks” as well as other prizes. Each duck has a heart-healthy message so they can share it with other people. During the assembly, when Geary asked, what was more important – earning prizes or making a difference in heart disease, students replied, “Making a difference for heart disease!”
Students were given Jump Rope for Heart packets today about the fundraiser to help them meet their goals. WDC students have until February 27 to turn in their donations.
Donations can be made by sending money along with students or by calling the school office at 218-632-2400.