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Throughout the month of February, Penn-Delco elementary students at Aston, Coebourn, Parkside and Pennell participated in Jump Rope for Heart, an annual awareness campaign to benefit the American Heart Association. Under the leadership of Physical Education teachers Mrs. Sandra Johnston and Mr. John Clark, students jumped all over heart disease by participating in a variety of several different heart pumping stations including cruising through a heart maze on a scooter, individual jump rope tricks and skills, hula hooping, rope climbing, yoga, dancing with their friends at the Just Dance for Wii station and navigating an obstacle course.  


During the events, students received a healthy snack and shared what being heart healthy means to them. Their thoughts were then displayed at the school as a reminder to stay heart healthy and strong.  The event reinforces the importance of students learning and exploring different ways to keep their hearts healthy through good nutrition and exercise.


"The Jump Rope for Heart program is such an awesome component of our elementary PE program in Penn-Delco,” stated Mrs. Sandra Johnston.  “As a physical educator, teaching students about the importance of heart health and wellness and how it can impact them for a lifelong is critical.  I use this program to inspire students and their families to get fit, get out there and play, and find a love for being active!"


Leading up to the events, each school collected funds to combine and donate to the American Heart Association. This year, Penn-Delco elementary schools raised 30K for the American Heart Association. Over the course of five years Penn-Delco elementary students have raised a total of $126,000 for the American Heart Association!


Mr. John Clark noted, “This is such a big year for us here in Penn-Delco because we have eclipsed the goal of raising 100K for the American Heart Association. When we began this project five years ago, we really had no idea that it would become this big.  I have really been impressed with the generosity of our Penn-Delco community in giving to this initiative.  I think that one of the driving factors is that most of us have been, or will be, effected, by heart disease.  Having our kids participate in his program at such a young age really puts a spotlight on the issue and helps to give them tools they need to work on their own heart health throughout their life; they also have a lot of fun in the process.”

 Aston Pennell  
 Coebourn  Parkside