Students jump at chance to help


Parker Lower School students participated in the American Heart Association’s Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser on Feb. 23. The event raises money for the American Heart Association to help children with heart problems, and also teaches the young participants about how to keep their own hearts healthy through exercise and good nutrition.

After collecting funds from family and friend sponsors over the previous weeks, the children gathered in the lower school’s circle driveway and nearby field to move through six different jumping stations. Some stations involved solo jump roping, some partner jumping, and others group jumping and team races.

“I’m so proud of the students because they worked hard to save more lives than we did last year and that was our goal,” said Parker Lower School PE teacher and Jump Rope for Heart coordinator Nicole Vedelli. “This year, we made over $4,500 dollars. Our goal was $3,500, just a little up from the $3,100 we made last year, so I’m extremely excited.”

First-grader Jahmyl Dugay said, “It felt good because I helped by jumping rope and having fun.”

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