Students ‘jump’ at chance

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, November 21, 2000

to help Heart Association


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Nov. 20, 2000 10 PM

When asked to do something in support of the American Heart Association, students in the schools throughout Pike County jumped right in.

The "Jump Rope for Heart" program is one way that students can help in the fight against heart disease and stoke by raising funds for research and education, said Mark Bazzell, a member of the Pike County American Heart Association.

"We are off to a great start this year," Bazzell said. "Last year the ‘Jump Rope for Heart’ event raised $800 and that was commendable. But, already this year our students have raised more than $2,200 and that is fantastic. The students have really gotten involved and what they are doing will make a difference."

Chase Connell was recognized at the monthly board meeting of the Pike County American Heart Association Nov. 15, as the top fundraiser at his school. Chase is a third grader at Banks Primary School and he raised more than $200 for the American Heart Association.

Bazzell said he is very encouraged by the participation of the students because, not only do they raise money for this very worthwhile cause, they also increase their awareness about heart disease and the importance of eating healthy and exercising regularly.

Kristin Railey a fifth grader at Troy Elementary School, was the top fund raiser at her school. Kristin raised more than $300.

"Banks Primary and Troy Elementary schools are the first to finish jumping rope for heart, so we will recognize the top fund raisers from the other schools as soon as they stop jumping," Bazzell said.

The fund-raising efforts for the Pike County American Heart

Association kicked off Aug. 29, with a "Jump Rope for Heart" breakfast and will continue through the Heart which will be Walk Feb. 24.

Several other events are planned, including a captains’ breakfast and Breakfast with Santa, both in December.

The Company Leaders Kickoff event for the Heart Walk will be Jan. 9, and the Heart Walk is planned for Feb. 24 at the Troy State University intramural field.

Bazzell said now is the time for businesses, groups and individuals to begin thinking about forming a team for the Heart Walk, which is the largest fundraiser for the American Heart Association.

For more information about the American Heart Association call 1-800-254-9920.