Students in Gurnee jump to it for good health

March 11, 2018 by  

Students at Spaulding School in Gurnee recently jumped rope on behalf of the American Heart Association (AHA).

A total of 450 children in kindergarten, first, and second grades jumped rope in gym classes for 25 minutes, collecting donations from family members, neighbors, and friends. The donations raised during the Jump Rope for Heart event will go to the AHA to help support its research into heart health, as well as its community programs and health promotions.

The students at Spaulding School raised $10,400 in 2017, and this year, officials believe the amount could be more than $12,000. Jump Rope for Heart has been held annually at the school since 2000.

Len Wojciechowicz, who teaches physical education at Spaulding, said the program is good because it includes physical fitness, as well as touching on the importance of eating well. He added he believes it is good for students to learn how important it is to help others by donating to those who are facing difficult health concerns.

The event is personal for one of the participants, who jumped on behalf of his sister. She has Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome, a heart condition characterized by an extra-fast heartbeat. At the moment, her condition is controlled by medication, but she will have surgery to correct the problem.

Events like this can be even more fun if organizers work with a banner printing company to create a special banner for the occasion.