School 4 students learn about keeping hearts healthy

Submitted Photo Pictured are the Dunkirk School 4 students who raised money during the recent Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser sponsored by the American Heart Association.

February is heart health month and students at Dunkirk School 4 learned just that. Students learned about their hearts and the importance of keeping their hearts healthy by diet and exercise. Students also participated in a Jump Rope for Heart fund-raiser event sponsored by the American Heart Association.

During the week-long event, students in pre-k through fifth grade learned how to jump rope and learned new tricks. Some students also learned how to jump rope with partners while doing tricks, as well as small group jumps. There were challenges and timed competitions, setting some pretty impressive school records.

The fund-raising portion of this event was up to the students. Students in second through fifth grades were asked to raise as much money as they could. More than 60 students raised money for this event. The American Heart Association offers prizes to students based on how much money they raise. As an extra incentive for students to raise money, Principal Kim Textor and Mrs. Laura Osinski (physical education teacher) agreed to allow the top two fundraisers in each grade to throw a pie in their faces at the wrap-up assembly which took place last week.

That being said, students exceeded expectations and raised just over $1,200! Everyone had a great time during this event.

Thanks to all those who generously donated or helped the students with this fund-raiser.