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The Telegram
  • Fisher Elementary students ‘Jump Rope for Heart’

  • Fisher Elementary School students spent the day jump roping Friday as part of Jump Rope for Heart, a national fundraising program sponsored by the American Heart Association.

    Students from kindergarten to sixth grade jumped rope to raise money for the cause.

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  • Fisher Elementary School students spent the day jump roping Friday as part of Jump Rope for Heart, a national fundraising program sponsored by the American Heart Association.
    Students from kindergarten to sixth grade jumped rope to raise money for the cause.
    If the students could not raise funds for the American Heart Association they were still encouraged to jump rope. “Everyone can jump rope, but the students who raised the most money win prizes,” said Erin McKinley, a physical education teacher in the Mohawk Central School District.
    This year the school raised just over $3,875.
    The student raising the most funds was third-grader Vinny Casale, who raised $335.
    Casale said she was excited to raise the most amount of money.
    When asked why she wanted to raise the money for the American Heart Association Casale said, “I want to help people who have heart problems get better.”
    In order to keep the students at their own pace students from kindergarten to second grade participated in jump rope relays and students from third to sixth grade took part in a station competition, said McKinley. Throughout the program all three sections from each class were combined to jump rope during gym class, she added.
    “Usually the gym classes are separate, so the students get excited about being able to jump rope with students from the other classes,” McKinley said.
    “We like to teach the students different types of jump roping styles and we incorporate several different fitness aspects such as agility, aerobics, balance and coordination which are all needed to stay physically fit. Later on these skills will help the students with sports in the future,” said Brian Lasowski, Fisher Elementary physical education teacher.
    “The kids really enjoy it and they are wearing black and orange, the school colors, to show their school pride all day.”
    Through the jump rope program Meg Gibbons, a representative from the American Heart Association, visited the school to help educate the students about the dangers of heart disease and how to prevent it.
    Students were also taught “Did You Know” facts that teach the students about health, fitness and random facts that people wouldn’t normally know.
    “We talk to the students about things that could lead to heart disease and educate them to stay healthy while having fun. That’s the best way to prevent future heart problems,” said Lasowski.
    Fisher Elementary School has participated in Jump Rope for Heart since 1998.
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