Fairmount Students Jump High for the American Heart Association
Posted on 03/07/2017
A student jumping rope, in mid-air.

At Francis Howell School District (FHSD), jumping is serious business, especially when it’s for a great cause! During the month of February, students at Fairmount Elementary participated in Jump Rope for Heart to raise money for the American Heart Association (AHA). With the combined efforts of students, families, and staff, the school not only met their $8,000 goal, they more than doubled it and raised over $16,000 for the AHA. The program was not just about raising money – it also helped students learn about how important exercise is, and what they can do to stay healthy.

“This was the first time I’ve done this being a full-time teacher,” said physical education teacher Kelly Gravlin. “The kids were really excited to be a part of this, because they’ve heard about Jump Rope for Heart from their friends at other schools. Not only is teaching students healthier habits rewarding, but also encouraging them to lead an active lifestyle.”

Jump Rope for Heart took place during Gravlin’s P.E. classes throughout the day, where students were divided into groups and assigned to eight different activity stations.

Station Number

Activity

Station 1

Jumping Batons

Station 2

Long Ropes

Station 3

Short Ropes

Station 4

Skip It’s (Grades K – 2) or Long Jumps (Grades 3-5)

Station 5

Agility Ladder

Station 6

Hurdles

Station 7

Jump Boards

Station 8

Chinese Jump Rope

 

Hurdles was the favorite event for most students. They had the chance to run fast, jump high, and get creative. Some even did spins in the middle of their jumps and tried to do it backwards. Their teamwork was on display when they helped each other realign the cones as they were shifted throughout the sessions.

“I’ve lost my uncle and my grandfather from heart disease,” said Gravlin. “I’m excited to be able to work these students and get them active. Some of them have loved-ones who have been affected by heart disease. Encouraging these types of habits will encourage a lifetime of good health.”

In addition to Fairmount, other FHSD schools participated in AHA events, including Becky-David Elementary, Fairmount Elementary, Independence Elementary, John Weldon Elementary, Bryan Middle School, Francis Howell Middle School, Hollenbeck Middle School, Saeger Middle School.