PRHS cel­e­brates 25 years of Jump Rope for Heart

More than $80,000 raised for heart and stroke foun­da­tion

The Citizen-Record (Cumberland) - - CUMBERLAND COUNTY - BY AN­DREW WAGSTAFF CIT­I­ZEN-RECORD PARRSBORO awagstaff@cit­i­zen­record.ca Twitter: @ADNan­drew

Twenty-five years is a lot of jump rop­ing. It’s also been a lot of money raised for the Heart and Stroke Foun­da­tion at Parrsboro Re­gional Ele­men­tary School, more than $80,000, in fact, through the Jump Rope for Heart pro­gram ev­ery year since 1992.

School prin­ci­pal Norma Collinson pointed out to the stu­dents dur­ing an assem­bly Thurs­day morn­ing that their ef­forts have gone to­ward help­ing a lot of peo­ple, in­clud­ing those in their own com­mu­nity.

“We’re def­i­nitely giv­ing to our com­mu­nity,” she said. “Teach­ing in Parrsboro ele­men­tary is not just about math and reading, it’s also about giv­ing back to your com­mu­nity and help­ing peo­ple, not just your­self.”

Stu­dents col­lect pledges and then take part in the jump-rop­ing event at the school each year.

This year, it al­most didn’t hap­pen, ac­cord­ing to Collinson.

“Be­cause of work-to-rule and the strike is­sue, many schools did not do this,” she said. “So bravo to our staff for tak­ing it on, be­cause you didn’t have to. Dur­ing workto-rule, we were not do­ing ex­tra, and, as soon as it was over, we had it al­ready planned and went for­ward with it.”

This year the school raised $4,341.45, the most the school has raised in six years, ac­cord­ing to Collinson, who pointed out they ac­com­plished this de­spite hav­ing fewer stu­dents now than at that time.

Of that to­tal, $1,225.90 of that com­ing from the Grade Pri­mary-1 class, earn­ing them the top spot. Top in­di­vid­ual fundrais­ers were Grade 4 stu­dent Dante Oliveira ($689.70), Grade Pri­mary stu­dent Har­ley MacAloney ($502) and Grade 1-2 stu­dent Cole Adams ($206.90).

Aside from be­ing a fundraiser for the foun­da­tion, schools take part in Jump Rope for Heart to in­spire them to be phys­i­cally ac­tive and eat well; to help oth­ers and give back to the com­mu­nity; to help sup­port life-sav­ing re­search; and to earn ac­tiv­ity-fo­cused prizes for their ef­forts. Sev­eral of th­ese prizes were pre­sented at the assem­bly, as well as a ban­ner from the foun­da­tion rec­og­niz­ing the school’s 25 years of par­tic­i­pa­tion in the pro­gram.

AN­DREW WAGSTAFF/THE CIT­I­ZEN-RECORD

Parrsboro Re­gional Ele­men­tary School raised $4,341.45 for the heart and stroke foun­da­tion through the Jump Rope for Heart pro­gram this year, adding to a to­tal of more than $80,000 dur­ing the past 25 years.

Top fundrais­ers (from left) Dante Oliveira, Har­ley MacAloney and Cole Adams.

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