Getting A Jump On Healthy Hearts

Still the reigning heart pumping exercise, this third-grader makes it look easy.
Still the reigning heart pumping exercise, this third-grader makes it look easy.
It’s 8:20AM and this group is ready to start jumping the octopus as PE teacher Mary Gross demonstrates timing and jumping over this moving target.
It’s 8:20AM and this group is ready to start jumping the octopus as PE teacher Mary Gross demonstrates timing and jumping over this moving target.
A future Whitman track star clears a stack of mats on his way to the finish line.
A future Whitman track star clears a stack of mats on his way to the finish line.
Executing the Rock Climbing Wall, donated by SHEF to both Maplewood and Birchwood, uses more muscles than you think.
Executing the Rock Climbing Wall, donated by SHEF to both Maplewood and Birchwood, uses more muscles than you think.
Superintendent Bennardo, Principal D’Elia, and AHA representative Ms. Eve Pyser join Maplewood’s third-grade Heart Heroes and their physical education teachers.
Superintendent Bennardo, Principal D’Elia, and AHA representative Ms. Eve Pyser join Maplewood’s third-grade Heart Heroes and their physical education teachers.

Since February was American Heart Month, Maplewood Intermediate School took it upon themselves to continue to lead an extremely successful campaign raising money within the Jump Rope for Heart Program. “Maplewood has been participating in this program for 17 years,” said Physical Education teacher Mary Gross.  The P.E. Department at Maplewood takes great pride in continuing this program to help raise awareness to all types of cardiovascular diseases. Not only do they continue to educate their students on this topic, but they have also been able to raise over $9,000 three years in a row for the American Heart Association.

The main source of their fundraising comes from a special event held before school for three days where students come in and participate in many jump rope activities like jump the octopus, long ropes, single ropes, bar ropes and Parkour (jumping over mats), as well as climbing the SHEF Rock Wall.  “Last year we raised $9,200 for the American Heart Association so our goal this year was $9,300.  We have surpassed that goal already and still have time to spare,” said Ms. Gross.

Ms. Eve Pyser, the representative from the American Heart Association, thanked our Maplewood students for being such outstanding heart heroes!

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