11/25/2012 10:59:00 AM School awarded top honors in jumpy benefit
St. John Fisher School photo
Seventh grader Jimmy Pecore, PE teacher Kelly Gray, eighth grader Delanie Strauss and Jon Ling of Oregon Health Alliance celebrate St. John Fisher jump rope benefit win.
In the gymnasium of St. John Fisher School, the sound of jump ropes hitting the floor and basketballs bouncing is nothing new. This is the second year in a row the Southwest Portland Catholic school has raised the most money for the American Heart Association in the state of Oregon by participating in the Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart fundraiser.
“I like Hoops for Heart because it gives you a chance to have fun, be active, and help people with heart problems,” says sixth grader Alex Ensroth.
Last year was the fourth year St. John Fisher had participated. This year, they were honored with an award from the Oregon Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.
“I liked that I knew I was helping someone,” said Danielle Weston, a fourth grades. The annual event helps students make the connection between living active lives and having healthy hearts.
Classes K-4 participated in jump roping and grades 5-8 in playing basketball. For the weeks prior to the event, the students practiced the skills, discovered how to take their pulse, and learned their heart’s anatomy. During the jumping activity, PE teacher Kelly Gray played music as the whole community became involved.
“We had SJF teachers, parents, and grandparents come to turn ropes and jump with their children. It was a fun day,” Gray said.
St. John Fisher this year raised $9,196, up from $8,383 raised the year before. About 150 students brought in donations; many included donations from their own piggy banks.
Ben Eilers, a fourth grader, said of the event, “It was fun because I got to jump with my class. It was cool to collect money for people who have problems with their heart.”