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Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary, under the direction of PE teacher Julie Arbour, has raised $100,000 since 2005 for the American Heart Association via its Jump Rope for Heart Program.
Arbour told the students gathered at the brief surprise announcement that the award really belongs to them and their parents, who raise the money at the annual event.
Dicken School was also acknowledged for amazing work with “Jump Rope for Heart” initiative. PE Teacher Rob Maier received a certificate for helping to fundraise $50,000 over several years.
Jump Rope for Heart began 39 years ago and teaches students to be leaders of their health. Each student participant takes a healthy challenge and fundraises for the American Heart Association. Typically the event takes place in February during American Heart Month, although the dates vary by school. Events consist of students jumping ropes and doing other fun physical activities to get their heart rates going.
Since the program began, 22 AAPS schools have participated for a district total of $248,000.