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Parker students raise $9,000 during jump rope event

April 16, 2014 - 12:05am

A very rainy day did not stop Parker lower school students from participating in their annual Jump Rope for Heart event for the American Heart Association.

For several weeks prior, students collected funds from family and friend sponsors and raised a total of nearly $9,000, far surpassing their $5,000 goal.

On the day of the event, with Parker 11th-graders on hand to help facilitate, the young students gathered on the school’s large covered lanai to move through various jumping stations as their favorite music boomed in the background. The stations had activities such as solo jump roping, partner jumping, parachute fun, group jumping and team races.

The Jump Rope for Heart event raises money for the American Heart Association to help children with heart problems, and also teaches the young participants about how to keep their own hearts healthy through exercise and good nutrition.