Kids Heart Challenge Supports Healthy Hearts

The P.E. Department at Maplewood takes great pride in continuing this program to help raise awareness to all types of cardiovascular diseases.
The P.E. Department at Maplewood takes great pride in continuing this program to help raise awareness to all types of cardiovascular diseases.
Executing the Rock Climbing Wall, donated by SHEF to both Maplewood and Birchwood, use more muscles than you think.
Executing the Rock Climbing Wall, donated by SHEF to both Maplewood and Birchwood, use more muscles than you think.
This group is ready to start jumping the octopus as PE teacher Mary Gross demonstrates timing and jumping over this moving target.
This group is ready to start jumping the octopus as PE teacher Mary Gross demonstrates timing and jumping over this moving target.
This student uses the age-old exercise of jumping rope to keep the heart pumping.
This student uses the age-old exercise of jumping rope to keep the heart pumping.
P.E. teachers Mr. Slovak and Ms. Gross are proud of their Maplewood students for aiding in this heart healthy cause.
P.E. teachers Mr. Slovak and Ms. Gross are proud of their Maplewood students for aiding in this heart healthy cause.

Since February was American Heart Month, Maplewood Intermediate School took it upon themselves to continue to lead an extremely successful campaign raising money for the Kids Heart Challenge, formerly known as the Jump Rope for Heart Program through the American Heart Association. “Maplewood has been participating in this program for 19 years,” said Physical Education teacher Mary Gross. “Building on key learning from these years in America's schools, the Kids Heart Challenge is a bold new direction toward whole body wellness, helping students improve their own health and strengthen their character.   Maplewood is proud to be a part of this program to educate kids about heart-health issues while fundraising for the AHA.”

The main source of their fundraising comes from a special event held before school for two days where students come in and participate in many jump rope activities like jumping single ropes or long ropes as well as climbing the SHEF Rock Wall. 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 and, as of now, they have raised about $7,000 so far this year and are still counting.
Way to go Maplewood community!