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Elementary students get jump start on being good to their hearts

Recently, the sound of jump-ropes rhythmically hitting the floor filled the Bea Underwood gym. Students at Bea Underwood Elementary jumped right in to help raise funds for the American Heart Association. Every February, physical education instructor Karen Schreiber teaches a Healthy Heart unit that concludes with Jump Rope for Heart. Throughout the month of February, students worked on their jump-roping skills and learned about heart-healthy activities. Lessons were geared toward teaching students about the importance of physical activity to help fight heart disease and stroke.Eighty-three students took part in the fifth annual Jump Rope for Heart at BUE where the first- through sixth-grade students raised $5,067 for the American Heart Association. With ropes twisting and twirling, students were more than happy to showcase their jump-roping skills for friends and family who gathered to watch. A few parents even took a turn at showcasing some of their own jump-roping skills.Donations raised for Jump Rope For Heart help fund research, fight heart disease and stroke and support the American Heart Association’s public and professional education programs. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer in America, and stroke is No. 3.Schreiber was pleased with the efforts of her students. “Jump Rope for Heart was a great success this year, and the students did a great job. Students had set a goal of raising $4,500, and they surpassed that by over $500. This teaches our students to set and even surpass goals. They also discover that they can make a difference,” she said.Band fund-raiserThe Grand Valley/Parachute Kiwanis have joined forces with District 16 to help raise money for the district’s fledgling instrumental music program. Money will be used to help purchase instruments and other items needed for a successful band program.To kick things off, the Kiwanis has organized a concert by King’n Trio out of Grand Junction. The concert will take place at 7 p.m. April 28 at Grand Valley High School. Before their evening performance, the group will make special appearances at Bea Underwood Elementary and L.W. St John Middle School.The King’n Trio has played to sold-out audiences throughout the region for community causes. One of those causes is their Old Music for Young Ears campaign, which raises money to donate instruments for local schools. The band plays a variety of tunes, mixed in with a high dose of humor. Expect to hear a few original tunes, along with Kingston Trio tunes mixed with a few Beatles and Irish folk tunes.Sandy Hanson is the Public Information Director for Garfield County School District No. 16. She can be reached at shanson@garcoschools.org or 285-5701.


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