This Spring 18 Round Rock ISD elementary schools collectively fundraised $95,144 for the American Heart Association (AHA) through the project Jump Rope for Heart.
The Jump Rope for Heart project strengthened student awareness of long-term cardiovascular health by teaching them the AHA’s “Five for Life” recommendations: reducing sodium intake, eating colorful fruits and vegetables, getting physical activity every day, choosing water rather than sugary drinks and avoiding tobacco products.
Students were also encouraged to cultivate their citizenship skills by participating in a service learning project component, which included performing fundraising activities and articulating heart health messages in the community.
The amount that students raised earned them third place for fundraising for the Central Texas region for the Jump Rope for Life program.
“We all share the common vision for our students, providing them a healthy start to a healthy life,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steve Flores said “The students at the participating campuses have set an outstanding example for our community and their efforts have made a significant contribution to an important service organization.”
Wellness instructors at Berkman, Bluebonnet, Brushy Creek, Cactus Ranch, Callison, Canyon Creek, Deep Wood, Double File, Fern Bluff, Forest Creek, Forest North, Live Oak, Old Town, Pond Springs, Robertson, Sommer, Teravista and Wells Branch elementary schools integrated the AHA service learning project, Jump Rope for Heart into their wellness education curriculum.