Students jump and hula hoop for healty hearts

Photos by Tara Kinsell / Observer-Reporter
Fifth-grader Peyton Whipkey makes it look easy as he barely moves to keep a hula hoop up at Carmichaels Elementary Center. Order a Print

The student council at Carmichaels Area Elementary Center held its annual American Heart Association’s Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser Friday. Students at the school have participated in the event for 24 years.

Students in grades kindergarten through sixth grade participated in several heart-pumping activities, including jumping rope and hula hooping. Although fun is part of the day, teachers emphasize that it also teaches jump rope skills, the importance of physical activity and community service.

Jump Rope for Heart events have been held across the country for nearly 35 years. The money raised has been used in research and education to help reduce and prevent heart disease. The Carmichaels event averages nearly $10,000 each year.

The high fundraiser for the 2013 event was Harley Stoneking, 6, of Carmichaels. The kindergartener raised $630.