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Parker students raise almost $9,000 for Jump Rope for Heart

Fifth grader Aiden Richardson catches some air at Parker School’s Jump Rope for Heart event. (PHOTO COURTESY OF PARKER SCHOOL)
Fifth grader Aiden Richardson catches some air at Parker School’s Jump Rope for Heart event. (PHOTO COURTESY OF PARKER SCHOOL)
Nicole Vedelli, Parker School physical education teacher and Jump Rope for Heart coordinator, double jumps with a kindergartner. (PHOTO COURTESY OF PARKER SCHOOL)
Nicole Vedelli, Parker School physical education teacher and Jump Rope for Heart coordinator, double jumps with a kindergartner. (PHOTO COURTESY OF PARKER SCHOOL)
Parker kindergartners jump as two 11th graders work the rope at the school’s Jump Rope for Heart event. (PHOTO COURTESY OF PARKER SCHOOL)
Parker kindergartners jump as two 11th graders work the rope at the school’s Jump Rope for Heart event. (PHOTO COURTESY OF PARKER SCHOOL)

Parker Lower School students raised almost $9,000 in donations for their annual Jump Rope for Heart event on March 7, surpassing their $5,000 goal.

With Parker 11th graders on hand to help facilitate, the young students gathered on the school’s large covered lanai to move through various jumping stations as their favorite music boomed in the background. The stations had activities like solo jump roping, partner jumping, parachute fun, group jumping and team races.

The Jump Rope for Heart event raises money for the American Heart Association to help children with heart problems, and also teaches the young participants about how to keep their own hearts healthy through exercise and good nutrition.