Dardanelle Primary School Jump Ropes to Break State Record

DARDANELLE, Ark. (News release) — The American Heart Association (AHA) announced Friday that Dardanelle Primary School broke a state record when the kindergarten through third grade students raised more than $31,000 through the AHA's Jump Rope For Heart program.
The previous record was set by Bentonville’s Elm Tree Elementary in 2006.  
Jump Rope For Heart empowers students to improve their health and help other children with heart-health issues, all through jumping rope. This 35-year-old AHA program is in schools across the country. It lets children play together while teaching them the importance of heart health and the joy of giving to the community. 
“We could not be more proud of the students and staff at Dardanelle Primary,” said Courtney Becton, AHA Youth Market Director. “Heart heroes can be any age and these kids certainly prove that. Their work is truly helping to advance the mission of the American Heart Association.”
The school hosted a glow stick party and assembly Friday afternoon to celebrate their success. Students who raised $50 or more will enjoy an extended 90-minute recess. Children who raised $100 or more will can attend “Finley’s Popsicle Party.” 
The top fundraiser, Taylor Holland, collected $1,700. She will be allowed to choose her own reward. Some of her other options were riding a scooter in the hallway or being the P.E. teacher for the day.
Each year Jump Rope For Heart introduces a new theme to teach heart health. This year’s theme was the Zoo Crew. These characters are also part of the reward system for the students’ efforts. 
This year’s Zoo Crew: 
  • Lion: Roary McFiercely III inspires us to help others.
  • Elephant: Mr. Tusker encourages 60 minutes of physical activity every day.Zebra: Savanna Bolt urges us to drink more water and avoid sugary drinks.
  • Panda: Jade Shoots wants us to eat more fruits and vegetables.
  • Monkey: Jenny Kicks says watch out for salty foods and KICKS them away. 
  • Penguin: Finley Chillerton asks us to avoid cigarettes and e-cigarettes.
For more information about Jump Rope for heart, click here.

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