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Students jump rope to help others

Friday, March 2, 2018

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.A Hilltop Elementary School fourth-grade student successfully completed several chin ups during the American Heart Association’s Jump Rope for Heart.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Two Hilltop Elementary School fourth-grade students teamed up to jump rope together during the American Heart Association’s Jump Rope for Heart on Feb. 8.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.A Hilltop Elementary School fourth-grade student showed off his hula hooping skills during the American Heart Association’s Jump Rope for Heart on Feb. 8.

By ABBY SLANKER

neighbors@vindy.com

Hilltop Elementary School students participated in the American Heart Association’s Jump Rope for Heart by jumping rope during their scheduled gym classes the week of Feb. 5-9. While the students were jumping rope, they were also raising money for the American Heart Association.

Throughout the week, under the direction of Linda Magyar, Hilltop Elementary School physical education teacher, students in grades kindergarten through fourth learned about the importance of heart health while having a good time jumping rope and enjoying other activities, such as hula hooping, long jumping, vertical jumping and hopscotch.

Magyar also set up several stations for the students, including whiffle ball sticks, mat jumping and long jump rope, where students tried to get as many students as they could to jump at the same time. Music was also playing to help motivate the children. Students could also enter a high jump contest.

“I wanted to offer as many activities as I could that involved jumping, aside from jumping rope. Lots of these activities offer hand-eye coordination and feet-eye coordination. The second day the classes came in, I had some more challenging activities available to them. I wanted to switch it up a bit. I also want to promote physical activity and want them to see how important it is to live a healthy lifestyle. Whatever you do in life, you can always jump rope,” Magyar said.

Magyar also set up a rest station the children could visit and get a drink if they need a little rest from all the jumping.

Last year, the students raised $16,479.25 for the American Heart Association. According to Magyar, donations have increased just about every year she has been at the school.

“The donations the students bring in have pretty much increased every year, which is incredible. They do an amazing job and we really appreciate the support we have received,” Magyar said.

With a theme of Welcome to the Scare Squad, the children earned thank you gifts from the American Heart Association based on how much they raised, including a jump rope, a T-shirt, a playground ball, a toss and stick game, a mega rocket, with the top prize being an action camera. The prizes were cumulative, so depending on how much a student raised, they received several prizes.

Suzie Shalash served a chair of the fundraiser, with several Hilltop PTO volunteers on hand every day to help with the event.

“It’s been fun to see how enthusiastic the kids have been about raising money and jumping this week. I’d like to thank the students and our Hilltop community for all their support in raising money for the American Heart Association,” Shalash said.