More than 400 PMSA students worked to raise over $3,000 for a national educational fund-raising program, Jump Rope for Heart.
Jump Rope for Heart is sponsored by the American Heart Association and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD). The program engages students in jumping rope while raising funds to support lifesaving heart and stroke research.
“We wanted to do something to introduce the kids to giving back to their community,” said PMSA instructor Marilyn Pickers. “We used this not only as a community outreach project, but also as an educational opportunity.”
During the campaign students learned about the circulatory system, the parts and function of the heart, nutrition, the risk factors for heart disease, and childhood obesity.
PMSA senior Tia Young raised the most money on behalf of PMSA. She says it was important to help with the event because heart issues hit close to home.
“I actually have people in my family who have heart problems,” said Young. “So, as I’ve gotten older, it’s been a really big thing to get involved and help with projects like this; you never know whose life you could affect.”
Students asked friends and family for donations and receive thank-you gifts based on the dollars they raise. PMSA students also literally jumped rope for the cause.