Students jump rope for heart

You're never too young to make a real difference in the world

Kathy Robinson’s Grade three class at Winchelsea Elementary School enthusiastically skipped as a group around the school.

Kathy Robinson’s Grade three class at Winchelsea Elementary School enthusiastically skipped as a group around the school.

On Friday, April 13 the students at Winchelsea Elementary School in Parksville picked up their skipping ropes and jumped for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Jump Rope For Heart is an annual event in which students collect pledges and then jump for a solid half an hour. By participating the students learn the importance of physical activity, healthy eating and giving to others. Statistics show that 26 per cent of Canada’s children are overweight or obese, putting them at high risk of developing heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. Through skipping and fundraising for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, students are helping the foundation fund vital research, support health education and advocate for change.

As of April 13, the class had raised $3,600.