UNOFFICIAL 2017 TOTAL $5100$43K raised since 2004
This week the Oswayo Valley Elementary Gym was a symphony of sounds from the rhythmic sound of pounding feet, swishing ropes, and children laughing and counting jumps. For the 12th year, OV students observed American Heart Association’s JUMP ROPE For HEART.
April Mashensic, Phys. Ed Teacher, incorporates the program into her curriculum promoting wellness and healthy life styles. All students PreK-Grade 5 participate in the jumping but only Grades 3, 4, and 5 are the Heart Heroes; a name given to those who voluntarily raise funds for AHA. This year’s total of $5100 was the highest collection for a single year since the program began.
This project is ideal for elementary students. Students learn about heart health, inexpensive exercise options, and how funding can be raised for the worthwhile research conducted through AHA. Amazingly, students also become ambassadors for the cause as they speak about the benefits to those who support them.
Wellness practices are important lessons for young people as they learn to make decisions for themselves. Learning about the hazards of smoking, poor diet, and lack of exercise should have a positive impact on their life long choices and personal habits.
This year’s challenge by the American Heart Association was to join the ZOO CREW with token key chains being awarded to fund raisers. Each chain had an animal that expressed helpful hints such as ‘Avoid Sugary Beverages’; ‘Eat More Vegetables’; and ‘Be More Physically Active’.
A celebration party was held after school on Friday at the Good Times in Olean. The cost of the rewards event was underwritten by the EPTO.
In its 12 years of existence, the program has grown and has become a tradition for intermediate grade level students. It has become a right-of-passage event. The Oswayo Valley Community can share with great pride accomplishments of the students and Ms. Mashensic in this worthwhile charitable event.