Jumping Rope for the Health of It!


PINE GROVE, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)  Kids at a local school are jumping rope to raise money for an organization…
   By getting their own hearts pumping, they’re hoping to help people with heart conditions.
   Eyewitness News Reporter Haley Bianco joins a gym class to show us how it’s getting done.

Every year, students at Pine Grove Area elementary school look forward to the jump ropes being brought out in gym class.

“‘Jump rope for heart’ is kind of a big deal for Pine Grove.”  said Jim Fickes, Pine Grove Gym Teacher

“Because it’s fun!” said six year olf Preston Openhauger who was ready to jump rope!

It’s fun for the kids — and rewarding.
Every February students start collecting donations for the American Heart Association.
This year, they got a “jump” start..

Last year they raised 24-thousand dollars and this year the goal is 25-thousand dollars.”

“It’s so positive in this community everyone really wants to put forth an effort to raise as much money as we can.” said Fickes.

In gym class during the program, students will learn about heart health and they’ll get their blood pumping with some activities like jump roping.


Last year Pine Grove won first place in the 11-county region, and 8-th in the state for the results of the fundraiser
Each student sets their own goal of how much money they want to raise.

“Some students want to meet the thousand dollar goal, we had 3 students last year meet the thousand dollar goal.” according to Fickes

And Fickes says they plan to do it again!

“It’s just fantastic how much of a difference our small school can make for people.”

The children will collect the pledged donations through February.

Learn more about Jump for Life


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