Students “Jump” On Heart Disease and Stroke

  • Thursday, May 2, 2013

Provided -- From left are Austin David, Eli Bartlett, Aileen Rashid, Kamryn Jenkins, Caleigh Broome and Joshua Tolbert who were the top collectors in their class. Their class received the trophy for the top collecting class on their grade level. --

During their P.E. classes in February, kindergarten through 5th grade students at Fort Dorchester Elementary School got the jump on heart disease and stroke. Under the direction of their P.E. teachers, Donna Williams, Missy Mortier and Kara Muller the students participated in the school’s 11th annual “Jump Rope For Heart” event. During two of their P.E. classes, the students participated in a number of different jumping stations designed to increase their heart rate.   
The “Jump Rope For Heart” program provided an opportunity for the students to perform community service, while promoting teamwork and building school spirit as they worked together for a good cause.
The event was a rousing success, as it taught the participants about the benefits of regular exercise, proper nutrition, a smoke-free environment and controlling blood pressure and cholesterol. It addressed the importance of physical fitness and an overall healthy lifestyle as a means of reducing the risks and consequences of poor health.
Fort Dorchester Elementary School donated $14,000.00 to the American Heart Association to help in the fight against two of the deadliest diseases in South Carolina and the nation, cardiovascular disease and stroke.

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