John Weldon Supports the American Heart Association by Raising Money and Saving Lives

Posted on 09/20/2016

Saving lives is a great tradition at John Weldon Elementary, and during the 2015-16 school year this tradition had an impressive outcome. John Weldon raised a total of $9,784.33 for the American Heart Association (AHA), an amount that potentially saved the lives of 196 people.

For more than 20 years, John Weldon and its community has been raising money for AHA. Students participate in “Jump Rope for Heart,” which teaches the importance of a healthy heart and gives kids the opportunity to make a difference in their community. With Jump Rope for Heart, students all over the world have been able to collect donations to fund Nobel Prize-winning scientists who have worked to reduce the number of victims dying from heart diseases and strokes by 25%.

P.E. Teacher Greg Crawford has been raising money for AHA since he joined the school in 1998. It’s important to him to educate children on how to take care of their hearts, while also showing them how to give back to the community.

“We discuss the importance of taking care of your body and overall heart awareness,” Crawford said. “We also do P.E. activities focused on the AHA or Jump Rope for Heart around the time we are fundraising. The students will participate in jump roping lessons to learn a variety of skills and we also do a Jump Rope for heart event after school at the end of fundraising to celebrate our accomplishments.”

Learning about the importance of staying healthy at a young age is crucial, and the kids at John Weldon can be proud of all their hard work. Students have learned about sharing this important message with the community, while also successfully supporting a great cause.



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