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Jumping for awareness

Posted on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 10:36 am

Jumping rope is a great cardiovascular exercise, energy-boosting pastime and, in some areas, a competitive sport. Jumping rope is also a way Northumberland Elementary School (NES) students have been helping raise awareness of heart-health issues for 12 years. Nancy Burgess, NES’ Physical Education Teacher, and other faculty members corralled a total of 223 students into the gym throughout the day on Thursday, March 2 ,to participate in the event. Each student needed to donate at least five dollars to get a chance to enter the gym and jump rope their hearts out. Some of the students shared a single rope, taking turns showing off their tricks. Others gathered in lines to get a chance on the bigger ropes and even attempted to jump as a group. Music and Kool-Aid kept the energy high, although most of the children were too excited to think about being tired. Students could gather donations from their friends and family towards the cause. Second and third grade raised a combined total of $2,602. Fourth grade raised $621 and fifth grade raised $1,453. All in all, the entire school raised over $5,000.

For full story pick up a copy of the March 8 edition of the Northumberland Echo

by Taylor O’Bier