?In their seventh year participating in Jump Rope for Heart, Cash Elementary School (CES) raised $8,727.60.
According to Beth Graves, PE teacher at CES, the money raised goes to help kids with heart disease.
“We had a jump rope party for anyone who raised $50 or more. We had 31 students who raised $100 or more,” she said. “Those students qualified for one hour of free jumping at Airbound Trampoline Park on April 26.”
Graves noted that Mrs. Patti’s third grade class, which had two of the highest fundraising students, was the top fundraiser, having raised $1,231.94.
“They won a recess basket with balls, jump ropes and a t-shirt for their teacher,” she said.
The top six fundraising students shared why they participated and what they enjoyed about helping others.
Third grade student Brett Blevins raised the most of any student at CES since the school began participating in Jump Rope for Heart. He raised $706.94.
“I have been the top fundraiser for two years. I was in second place my first year, when I was in first grade,” he said.
Blevins, who shared that he has a heart problem, said he has participated in the fundraiser for the past three years to help other children like himself.
“I want to help other people to get better from it,” he shared.
Blevins explained that he was able to raise the money with the help of his mom through a bake sale.
“Me and my mom baked and sold cookies at her work,” he said, adding that they had other cookies donated to them to sell, and they also sold sausage biscuits. “One guy came up and gave us a $100 bill because he was so hungry.”
Third grade student Landon Burleyson, who raised $350, said he decided to participate because he wants to get rid of heart disease.
“I raised money by asking my family, my grandparents, aunts, uncles and parents,” he said, noting that helping raise money makes him happy.
Fourth grade student Ariah DeLilly raised $275. She said this was the first year she has participated in Jump Rope for Heart.
“I wanted to help because my great grandmother and my mom’s friend died from heart disease,” she said. “My mom posted a picture of my great grandmother on Facebook and asked people if they would help us raise money, and then three people at church donated some money.”
DeLilly said she hopes the money her school raised helps to find a cure for heart disease.
Fifth grade student Joseph Barrett, who raised $200, said this is the fourth year he has participated in Jump Rope for Heart.
“I feel like people with heart disease deserve to have a chance to live and get help so they can spend time with their family,” he said as he shared that both his mom and grandmother donated money to the cause.
Second grade student Miranda Barrett, who also raised $200 alongside her brother Joseph, said she wanted to participate this year to help others.
“I wanted to help because it’s not fair for the kids and their parents who have heart disease and I wanted them to be able to have more time together,” she said.
Second grade student Amelia Cooke, who raised $195, said she wanted to get involved because she has learned about heart disease from her mom.
“My mom is a cardiologist and people who have to be in the hospital don’t get a lot of attention, and the money can help them get back to their families,” she said.
Cooke noted that she was able to raise money from her feuding grandparents, who had a playful competition on who loved their granddaughter more.
“My grandmother and grandfather got into a ‘fight’ about who loved me more and tried to out donate each other,” she said. “My grandfather won.”
Cooke said her mother made a donation as well.
For more information about the American Heart Association, visit www.heart.org.