During February’s Heart Month and throughout the school year, students all over the Hudson Valley Region will be jumping rope for the American Heart Association (AHA) – but also for their own hearts. Pascack Valley learning Center in Airmont, NY recently conducted a Jump Rope for Heart event and raised $5,053.00 for the American Heart Association.
“Jump Rope for Heart is a great way to start healthy habits early – and it’s fun, which keeps them coming back year after year,” said Amy Irwin, AHA Youth Market, “We’re so grateful for Pascack Valley Learning Center’s support through Jump Rope For Heart.”
Jump Rope for Heart is a national educational fund-raising program that is sponsored by the American Heart Association and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Jumping individually or as teams, students ask friends and family for donations and receive thank-you gifts based on the dollars they raise.
“This has been our first year as we are a brand new school located in Rockland County and look forward to participating again next year,” said Joanne Fratello, Principal.
Millions of Jump Rope For Heart participants have raised money nationally for the fight against heart disease and stroke since the program’s inception. While students learn about physical fitness and the value of community service, schools also benefit from participating, earning points for physical education equipment.
“In addition to raising life-saving funds, jumping rope also promotes physical activity, helping kids to live stronger, more active lives,” said Irwin, “Childhood obesity is one of our nation’s leading health threats.”
For information about the American Heart Association or participating in Jump Rope for Heart, contact Amy Irwin at [email protected] or call 845.905.2128. Visit www.heart.org/jump for more information.