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Hornung Students Jump Rope, Shoot Hoops for Heart Health

Brighton students raise money, promote physical fitness for the American Heart Association.

February is National Heart Health Month and Hornung Elementary students have spent the last week raising money and promoting awareness for the American Heart Association.

Students have been busy soliciting pledges from family and friends to jump rope and shoot hoops in their gym classes. As of Thursday night, the school has raised about $3,000 according to Physical Education Teacher Tamara Rollins.

Rollins started the program when she first came to the school in 1996.

"It fits right into PE," she said. "And whether they want to donate money or not, everybody participates. Because it's more about exercising with each other and how much fun it is to do things with groups of people. So it's promoting fitness and there's all kinds of ways to do it - not just running."

Rollins has her students collect flat fee donations rather than $1's per jumps or hoops. She said it works better that way.

Students started jumping rope at the beginning of the year for coordination then really focused on it this last month, Rollins said.

"They like jump roping," she said. "It's really cool to watch. My third and fourth graders know about six to nine different Chinese jump rope tricks."

The fundraising ran the last week in January, through Feb. 1.

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