Saint Andrew’s Lower School held its 20th annual “Jump Rope for Heart” event this February. Putting the “fun” in fundraiser, this event brought in an impressive $14,210 for the American Heart Association to help continue their efforts in research and heart education.
Formerly known as the popular “Jump Rope for Heart '' and now known as the “Kids Heart Challenge,” Lower School students enjoyed Kids Heart Challenge activities including jump rope and hula-hoop activities on Thursday and Friday, February 13-14, 2020. Students wore red and white Saint Andrew’s athletic clothing to honor these special ‘Heart Health Days.’
The American Heart Association’s purpose is to promote healthier lifestyles and healthier hearts. “Our Jump Rope for Heart event is designed to help get this message across to all of the students by involving them in healthy activities incorporating mind, body, and spirit in PE during the week leading up to the event,” said Coach Kim Reynolds, Department Chair of Physical Education.
The American Heart Association awards prizes based on donation numbers to individual students.
“Our students have never received the prizes here at SAS. Instead, in the past, Lower School students have donated prizes in the form of PE equipment to schools affected by natural disasters,” offered Coach Reynolds.
“This year I will be taking t-shirts and PE equipment prizes from the American Heart Association to children in Manamby Madagascar. This adds an international component to our Lower School Scots charitable giving to others,” she added.
The total funds raised weren’t the only impressive part of this year’s Kids Heart Challenge. It was also the ways heart health touched the lives of Lower School families and how students were inspired to help others.
“It was amazing to see the generosity and enthusiasm of our Lower School families,” said Coach Reynolds.
Lower School Scots hearts are full of pride for 20 years of commitment to the Kids Heart Challenge and excited to participate again next year.