Fairview Elementary School raises $7,404 through first Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser since the pandemic

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Students from K-5th grade who participated in fundraising for Jump Rope for Heart (Sara Gladney for The Cullman Tribune)

FAIRVIEW, Ala. – The Fairview Elementary School students recently raised $7,404.00 for the American Heart Association through Jump Rope for Heart. The students asked the community for donations while they participated in different jumping exercises for two weeks in February during the Jump Rope for Heart event.

PE teacher Tracy Means said, “Fairview community has always been awesome in supporting our kids. Our students are true heart heroes for keeping their hearts healthy and for raising money to help others with heart conditions. All of the PE classes, in raising the money, they also participated for two weeks in different jumping activities, and we tried to stress to them that we were raising the money to help other people and all of the activities were great for their heart too.”

Jump Rope for Heart is an opportunity for students to exercise while having fun and helping a good cause. Fairview Elementary usually holds the event every year but had to hold off the past couple of years due to COVID-19. This year, instead of gathering the students in the gym, each class did their jump rope activities in their PE classes over two weeks.

“I was really surprised when we raised $7,000 because it’s been a while since we’ve done it. We’ve always averaged around $6,000. One time, way back, we raised about $13,000. But like I said, the community has always been great supporting our kids when they ask for help,” said Means.

Means hoped that the students would be more interested in staying active after the event. She said that giving the students exercise in the form of a game is a great way to keep them active. “If you give them a tag game and they are running the whole time, they’re excited. So, its like trying to get them to exercise without them realizing it.”

The 600 elementary students all worked together to raise the funds. Means commended every student for any amount of money they could raise. To encourage full participation Means said, “I told the kids it doesn’t matter how much you raise. If every kid just brought five dollars, we could help a lot of people.”

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