C.C. Wells Elementary School participated in the first Jump Rope for Heart fund raiser benefiting the American Heart Association. The school raised $3,744.87 as...

C.C. Wells Elementary School participated in the first Jump Rope for Heart fund raiser benefiting the American Heart Association. The school raised $3,744.87 as of press time. First year P.E. teacher at Wells, Tracey McDorman, A First year P.E. teacher at Wells, organized the event.

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First-grader Colton Berger raised $305 for the American Heart Association during the school’s Jump Rope for Heart fund raiser and earned the opportunity to pie Principal Weatherford.

This program is a nationwide event that helps raise money for the American Heart Association and helps educate children and communities about the benefits of a healthy active lifestyle.

“The kids learned the American Heart Association character’s messages McDorman wrote in an email. Rory the Lion stood for community service and helping others; Mr. Tuskers the Elephant stood for physical activity; Jade Shoots the Panda reminded them to eat a colorful plate with many fruits and vegetables; Jenny Kicks the Monkey tells them to chop sodium from their diet; Savanna Bolt the Zebra wants them to hydrate with water not sugary beverages; and Finley Chillerton reminds them to say no to tobacco. These are all messages that encourage heart healthy lifestyles.”

McDorman said the entire school population of 620-plus participated with the three-week fund raiser that culminated with the Jump Rope for Heart event last Thursday. Each grade level came during their 45 minute resource class and rotated through 14 different stations that incorporated jumping or heart-healthy activities. There was an obstacle course, scooters around the four chambers of the heart, Chinese jump rope, and many more. The entire team of resource teachers and parent volunteers helped the event flow smoothly.

Their principal, Debbie Weatherford, agreed to let the student who raised the most. Leila Harris’s first-grade class raised the most money collectively, and they will have an extra P.E. fun day one week for their efforts. The highest student fundraiser was first-grade student Colton Berger. He pied Weatherford during the school assembly that afternoon.