Information provided by the American Heart Association notes that “students learn about the importance of the heart-how it works, and how to take care of it and they feel good about making a difference in people’s lives.
Funds raised support American Heart Association research and education initiatives that save lives. Congenital heart defects are the most common cause of infant death from birth defects.
Many children are alive today because of treatments not available even 10 years ago. Funded research and advancements have changed and saved their lives.”
Kevin Tripp, physical education teacher, is coordinating the schoolwide event.
He said, “We are doing this to raise money for the American Heart Association for their efforts to promote wellness and support research as well as to promote awareness of the importance of exercise and how it affects the heart.”
March 1 is the due date for donations to be submitted.
Donations can be given to Bell Academy students or they can be made on line at www.heart.org/jump.
The first six students to reach $50 will receive a jump rope.
Each student to raise $100 will get to “pie” Tripp during PE.
When Bell Academy reaches $1,000 Tripp will be duct taped to a wall by all students who have raised funds, and when the school has raised $2,000, Tripp will become a human hotdog.
Tripp explained that being hotdogged would allow students who raised $20 or more to cover him with condiments like cheese, relish, mayonnaise, etc.
If each student raised just $10, the school would collectively raise $3, 610.
Montavious Miller, a fifth-grader, has raised $67 so far and is shooting for $100. He said, “I am doing this for children because I like to help people feel better.”
Sara Bess Morgan, third grader, has raised $50 and is also going for $100.
“We could not undertake this project without the support of principal, Dr. Jerry Kitchens and the school staff. Liz Young, regional representative for the American Heart Association, provides support in this area and has been so helpful with fundraising and incentives,” says Tripp.
Students have been learning to jump rope in physical education classes. “I like helping others and learning to jump rope,” said first-grader Mattie Rocconi.
“I’m doing this to help people get healthy,” said Arin Kelly, a sixth-grader.
“Our hope is that through programs like Jump Rope for Heart that the Delta region of Mississippi would get a jump start toward increased childhood exercise and to join the nation in an effort to reduce obesity and all its negative effects,” said Tripp.
Students at Bell Academy are feeling good about making a difference in people’s lives. “It’s fun to learn how to save lives,” said Madi Cole Beck, a first-grader.