Students in kindergarten through fifth grade celebrated Valentine’s Day with jump rope and other physical fitness activities set to music to encourage heart health and physical fitness.
The students raised almost $2,800 this year to support the research of the American Heart Association.
Meleigha Mauldin, who raised $500, was the top earner for the school. Mattie Latham brought in $238 and Alyssa Robertson raised $126 to round out the top individual fundraisers for the school.
The Jump Rope for Heart events are hosted nationally by the American Heart Association, Subway and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
Last year, the event included more than 10 million students across the country and raised $54.7 million dollars for the organization.
“With more than 82.5 million Americans living with cardiovascular diseases and the effects of stroke, we realize the impact of our mission,” The American Heart Association said in it’s 2012 Annual Report. “Many people remain at risk, especially among our youth, yet government funding for research is going down. This is why we cherish our donors. Whether gifts are coins from children or large checks from corporations, we know there’s a reason for each – a thank-you for a life saved or changed, or to find more ways to save and change lives.”
Other groups and school have had events this month to celebrate the American Heart Association’s Heart Month.
On Tuesday night, the Dora High School Anchor Club hosted a Valentine Banquet, and all proceeds from the event were donated to the American Heart Association.
The Pilot Club was also invited as the guests of the school group.