Skipping school for a good cause

Notre Dame student Brayden Shea demonstrates the single bounce during a Jump Rope for Heart demonstration. Mar. 19. – Lucie Roy Photo

By MorinvilleNews.com Staff

Morinville – Notre Dame Catholic Elementary School students were running, jumping and jogging through the halls Mar. 19 with no one to tell them to slow down but the school’s Grade 5 students.

The senior students helped coordinate a day full of healthy activities all enacted for a good cause as the students participated in the Heart & Stroke Jump Rope for Heart event, a charitable initiative the school has been involved with for some years. The event is a way to encourage students to be active while raising money for the Heart & Stroke Foundation. The heart health organization gave participants a free skipping rope to help promote activity, and the 30 Day Heart Hero Challenge Calendar was posted this month with daily recommended activities.

Students are encouraged to fundraise for Jump Rope for Heart, and seven categories of rewards are given to fundraisers who achieve the various fundraising plateaus.

Money from Heart Heroes is used in a variety of ways. Students were told $5 can buy pieces of lab equipment, including test tubes. A donation of $40 can support the delivery of a CPR training course in local schools to teach children lifesaving skills. The entire HeartSmart Kids Program, which teaches children to be heart healthy, can be put in place for $350.

Although Grade 5 students supervised the younger grades, physical education teacher Tina McKinnon made sure all the stations were well timed and kept flowing. She reminded students skipping isn’t just for one gender. “Skipping is not just for girls, and these boys will prove that,” she said during the event.

Those skills were demonstrated in the afternoon with all grade levels demonstrating the physical activities they excelled at after weeks of practice. The demonstrated routines included the basic single bounce, one foot hop, skier, burpee, crazy spin, double side swing, criss-cross, backwards cross, under the leg, frog, partner tricks, routines and the long rope.

Amounts raised in this year’s Jump Rope for Heart event were not available by our press deadline.

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