Healthy Habits, Healthy Hearts

For more than 25 years, the MICDS Lower School has supported the American Heart Association’s community service learning program, Jump Rope for Heart. This year’s event took place on February 16 and raised more than $8,700–a record-high amount. Students in grades JK-4 ran laps, completed obstacle courses, jumped rope, and hula hooped. Many students participated in the activities in honor of loved ones who have been affected by heart disease or a stroke.

According to Lower School P.E. teacher Sue Orlando, the goals of Jump Rope for Heart include increasing the students’ knowledge about how their hearts work and the best way to take care of them, and to raise funds to support the American Heart Association’s efforts to help people build healthier lives. “Participating in Jump Rope for Heart also supports our goals as a school to help our students develop healthy habits and show them that being physically active can be fun,” she says.