HEIGHTS – Students at Dearborn Heights Montessori Center jumped rope in the school gym during a Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser in April to help children not healthy enough for such exercise.
Students from first through sixth grade took turns at different stations jumping rope individually and in teams.
It was part of DHMC’s annual fundraiser to benefit the American Heart Association, which began with an assembly in March, when students learned about heart disease, and the value of exercise and nutrition in preventing heart problems.
During this year’s campaign, students raised more than $8,100, which included personal donations along with money collected from friends, family members and others in the community.
Since 2000, DHMC elementary students have raised nearly $68,000 to benefit children through the AHA.
“Jump Rope for Heart is fun for our students and a good opportunity to learn about building a strong cardiovascular system,” said Brett Rosbury, DHMC physical education teacher. “It is inspiring to see our students raise awareness and funds for children born with unhealthy hearts.”
As an added incentive, Rosbury gave students who each raised $50 or more the opportunity to “Silly String” him during the school’s annual Field Day in June.
“The challenge worked well, and it’s all for a worthy cause to helping others in need in our community,” said Rosbury, who found himself covered in lots of plastic string.