Jumping for Heart Health

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In honor of American Heart Month, Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School students and staff members participated in Jump Rope for Heart, through which they raised $13,460 for the American Heart Association.

Physical education teacher Maria Amoscato once again organized the voluntary after-school event, which was widely attended by students in all grades. Attendees had the chance to demonstrate their jump-roping skills to the beat of popular music while collecting donations for a worthy cause. JAE fifth-grader Jared Massa was named the top student fundraiser with his donation of $1,000.

In addition to their individual jumping demonstrations, the students, staff members and parents competed in a variety of “jump-offs” for the cause. The event culminated with a Chinese auction, where the students could take chances on wonderful prizes, many of which were donated by the school’s PTA.
Jump Rope for Heart is an annual program sponsored by the American Heart Association that is held to raise both awareness of heart health issues and funds for continued research.