During Chain O’ Lakes Elementary School’s past 13 years of participating in Jump Rope For Heart, students have raised a total $82,280 for the American Heart Association.
“I have a dream of beating $85,000,” Polly Bigler, the school’s physical education teacher, told the students during a Jan. 16 assembly.
Students at the school will participate in Jump Rope For Heart from 8:15-10:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 13.
Last week, the students took home information about the annual event.
Before they did so, Kori Coffeen visited the school and talked to the students about what the American Heart Association does and how they can keep their hearts healthy.
Coffeen is vice president of youth market in the American Heart Association’s Green Bay office,
“The most important thing is when you bring in donations, we can help people with sick hearts,” she told the students.
Coffeen also told them to stay active, eat healthy and stay away from cigarettes as ways to keep their own hearts healthy.
She gave the students a weekend homework assignment to share that information with someone at home.
Chain students learned what prizes they can receive for raising money and also that money donated to the American Heart Association does not go toward the cost of those items. Businesses provide that support.
Bigler said the class that raises the most funds for the American Heart Association will get a Dairy Queen treat. The top three fundraising individuals will get tickets to a Milwaukee Bucks game.
“There will be something special for the top money collector to do with me,” she said.
Donations for the American Heart Association are due at the school on Tuesday, Feb. 10.
Those who do not know a Chain student and want to make a donation may mail donations, written to the American Heart Association, to Chain O’ Lakes Elementary School, N3160 Silver Lake Drive, Waupaca, WI 54981.
Coffeen said people may also visit www.heart.org/jump and click on Chain O’ Lakes Elementary to make a donation online.