SkyView Academy Elementary students jump rope to raise $18,000 for the American Heart Association
HIGHLANDS RANCH - Service is one of SkyView Academy’s five foundational pillars built into the school’s mission statement and as such, giving back to others comes naturally for students at the PK-12 free public charter school in Highlands Ranch. The school's youngest learners from kindergarten through 5th grade get especially excited about giving back when it involves an opportunity to engage in a fun activity like jumping rope.
SkyView Academy (SVA) has loyally raised money for the American Heart Association (AHA) through AHA’s Jump Rope for Heart program since the school’s opening in 2010. Year-over-year, the donation dollars for this worthy cause have continued to grow.
“We are passionate about teaching students to lead an active lifestyle and stay healthy, and pairing these lessons with an opportunity to give back to a great cause makes for a more meaningful impact,” said Emily Bishop, SVA elementary P.E. teacher. “We are fortunate to be supported by a generous community at SkyView who continues to donate to the American Heart Association in higher numbers every year.”
The American Heart Association launched a program in elementary schools 39 years ago called Jump Rope for Heart. The AHA took a skill that is a developmental milestone in the world of elementary education to reinforce a healthy, active lifestyle while raising awareness of heart disease and stroke prevention to the younger populations. Dollars raised through the program give back to children, communities, and schools through ongoing discovery of new treatments through research, advocating at federal and state levels for physical education and nutrition wellness in schools among other things.
“Jump rope for heart is really fun and good exercise,” said SVA 5th grader Jackson Garber. “I like that it helps people with sick hearts.”
As part of the incentive to participate in fundraising through the Jump Rope for Heart program, SVA elementary students were allowed to “slime” Bishop. The class with the highest percentage of students to donate to Jump Rope for Heart were given a can of “silly string” to spray all over Bishop. In the end, there was a three-way tie between a 1st, 3rd and 4th-grade class. Every student in these classes received and can of “silly string” for a few seconds to “slime” Bishop. Not only did the students participating in the “sliming” enjoy it but the ones watching got a kick out of it as well since it took place during SVA’s monthly character development assembly.