Schoolkids jump at chance to benefit charity

Boston Harbor students top $4,500 in American Heart Association fundraiser

lpemberton@theolympian.comJune 9, 2014 

Boston Harbor Elementary School students Julian Park, Sam Twitty, Julian Grimmer, Sonya Japhet, Chase Tompkins and Cameron Harmeier, from left, take part Wednesday in a Jump Rope For Heart event.

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Boston Harbor Elementary School students hopped, skipped, scooted and jumped for a good cause Wednesday.

The school held its annual Jump Rope For Heart event during a nearly hourlong all-school assembly.

“Welcome to the biggest, and in my opinion, best Jump Rope For Heart that Boston Harbor has ever had,” said second-grade teacher Nancy Hooper. “We have 20 different stations for you to have fun at.”

The event was open to all of the students, regardless of whether they had collected pledges for the American Heart Association. The school has held Jump Rope For Heart events for more than 20 years, and usually raises about $2,000 a year.

But this year’s event raised more than $4,500, according to Hooper.

“The kids are really into helping kids who need help with heart disease,” Hooper said.

The stations included hippity-hops (giant balls with handles that kids could ride), a scooter course, a climbing wall, hula hoops and several styles of jumping rope, among other activities.

“I think it’s neat to take it bigger than jump roping,” said fifth-grade teacher Bonnie Hauschka. “It’s keeping them active, and that’s what it’s about.”

Fourth-grader Katrina Telnack, 10, raised $250 in pledges for the event. She said she received donations from her family, neighbors and friends.

Telnack said she was jumping rope and doing the other stations in honor of a neighbor who has a heart condition.

“I think it’s really, really fun,” she said about the event.

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