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NCES Jump Rope for Heart

By: Andrew Frye

Jonathan Player

February 07, 2018

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     The annual Jump Rope for Heart program was held in the Nemaha Central gym on Wednesday, January 24. The event lasted about 2 hours and included several activities. The activities were jump roping, climbing on a rock wall, participating in an exercise video, walking laps, and eating a healthy snack. There were two sides to jump rope on, the north and south sides of the gym. The students could jump rope and do tricks that they learned in their physical education classes. The easternmost wall of the gym has an artificial rock wall on it, and students enjoyed a duration of 10 minutes climbing. The next activity ahead was an exercise video. In the music room, a video on exercising was guiding the students into participation. The final activity was a cluster of smaller, simpler enterprises. This included a marked course for walking, restroom breaks, and snacks. 

    Jump Rope for Heart is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association. Kids have fun doing healthy activities with a jump rope while raising money to donate to the American Heart Association. Students receive the packet to seek donations a few weeks before the event.  Next, they collect donations from their family and neighbors.  After a lot of effort from the students, Nemaha Central raised $7,657 to donate. For raising such a large amount, the students will be receiving a reward. 

    The very last event of the day was a "Last Man Standing" competition. Students in each grade level start jumping rope at the same time.  The student who can jump rope the longest without missing wins.  The following students were the winners in each grade level: 5th grade, Cali Honeyman; 4th grade, Jack Macke; 3rd grade, Jean Yumba; 2nd grade, Macy Holthaus, and 1st grade, Olivia Hermesch.

    After a long day of fun and education, the students returned with the feeling of accomplishment, raising over seven thousand dollars for those in need.

    "It was fun and we had a blast!" said Luis Vasquez.

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