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Rheems ‘Cardiac Kids’ Raise Thousands for Heart Research

Rheems Elementary School held its Jump Rope For Heart campaign to benefit the American Heart Association. With music pumping and kids jumping, the school raised more than $10,100 for the fight against heart disease and strokes. The top fundraiser was second grader Elizabeth Kline who raised $530. Kline was followed by first grader Ryker Caruso and second grader Nathan Kreisher who raised $500 and $400 respectively.

The school’s biennial fundraiser was held during the students’ gym class. Students were in teams of three where they jumped for one minute; exercised for a minute doing stretches, exercises, or dance moves; and then rested for one minute. They continued that rotation during a 45-minute gym class.

For 40 years the AHA has been partnering with schools to help students improve their own health and raise funds for research to help fight heart disease and stroke. Besides promoting cardiovascular health, the students from Rheems learned about the lifelong benefits of physical activity and living a heart-healthy lifestyle, as well as the importance of giving back to the community.

In the past five Jump Rope for Heart fundraisers, the school has raised over $50,000 for the AHA. Lori DiRisio, physical education teacher, coordinated the program at Rheems.

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