CLARKSVILLE — Clinton-Massie Elementary School continues its 14-year tradition of skipping rope and raising vital funds for heart disease research — all the while learning how to keep fit and healthy.
More than 750 students in first through fifth grades reached out to family, friends and community to garner pledges totaling $4,071.25 that will further the American Heart Association’s mission to foster appropriate cardiac care in an effort to reduce disability and deaths caused by cardiovascular disease and stroke.
It was in 2002 when physical education teacher Doug Howard first introduced Massie students to the “Jump Rope for Heart” campaign that teaches children how physical activities like rope-jumping is a means to improving strength, gaining confidence, building stamina, and extending physical abilities in other activities.
The fundraising aspect also teaches children to be community-minded and compassionate. Since 2002, Clinton-Massie Elementary School students have raised more than $20,000.
Leading the Falcon Flock in this year’s fundraising campaign was first-grader Graeson Rose, who collected pledges in the amount of $250. As the top fundraiser, Graeson received a gold medal and prizes that included headphones, a soccer ball, three-dog lanyard, stuffed animal and a jump rope.
Information for this article was provided by Diana Miller, who coordinates communications for several area schools.