Schools raise funds for heart association through activities

Students, staff and families in the Hamilton School District made significant contributions to support the American Heart Association (AHA) this year through fitness activities that emphasize healthy living. Combined, schools raised more than $50,000 through Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart activities.

Photo of A Matthiesen with Heart and jump ropes

Lannon, Maple Avenue, Marcy and Woodside elementary school fitness education teachers coordinated their school’s participation in Jump Rope for Heart, a fundraising and physical activity program that teaches school-aged children how to keep fit and healthy, all while having fun and raising vital funds for heart disease research and education.

Children learn physical activities like rope-jumping to help improve their strength, gain confidence, build stamina and extend their physical abilities in other activities. Hoops for Hearts is the basketball version of Jump Rope for Heart coordinated for Templeton students during their Advisement period.

Marcy Elementary fitness education teacher Andy Matthiesen coordinated his last Jump Rope For Heart event due to his upcoming retirement. At the conclusion of 29 consecutive events, Marcy, under Matthiesen’s guidance, raised more than $250,000 for AHA. This year Woodside fifth grade student Parker Reich achieved Grand Master status for the first time in school history. This honor is earned by performing jumping routines 1-8 with no halts or mistakes.