Students jump rope for healthier hearts |

Students jump rope for healthier hearts

Daily Staff Report
Vanessa Aguilar, left and Valeria Chavez show off their leaps and bounds at Jump Rope For Heart, a fundraiser Gypsum Elementary School has participated in since 1993 for the American Heart Association.

GYPSUM – Every February since 1993, Gypsum Elementary School students have not only raised money for the American Heart Association, they’ve started learning habits for healthy lifestyles.

The typical warm for the third, fourth and fifth graders who participate is some jumping jacks, toe touches and arm circles. But as soon as P.E. teacher Mark Bernhardt blows his whistle, the kids being jumping. The school has a banner for each of the 13 years it has jumped for the heart association. The elementary school has raises about $4,000 to $6,000 each year.

The heart association, which uses the funds raised to research heart disease, in turn donates sports equipment to the schools that raise the most money. For more information on Jump Rope For Heart, call 1(800)242-8721 or visit, Colorado

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