Younger RISD students jump roping for heart

Allen Sanders
RISD Community Relations Director

ockdale Elementary and Rockdale Intermediate Schools have kicked off their Jump Rope For Heart fundraiser and fitness program this year. This program emphasizes the need for cardiovascular fitness and provides a great opportunity for an effective fundraiser to fight deadly heart diseases.

Kathy Pelzel, RIS Principal, has important information regarding this national program and the contribution her campus makes to support this worthy cause.

Jump Rope For Heart is an educational fund-raising event. It’s held each year in thousands of elementary schools across the nation by the American Heart Association and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPRERD). Jump Rope For Heart raises funds for medical research and for programs such as “Heart- Power!” that help prevent heart disease and stroke.

Jump Rope For Heart teaches students the benefits of physical activity, how to keep their heart healthy, and that they can help save lives right in their own community. Jump Rope For Heart was developed in 1978 and has raised more than $327 million for cardiovascular research and education programs.

Jump Rope For Heart offers students many benefits by engaging school age children in community service while promoting the benefits of lifelong hearthealthy lifestyles.

Rockdale ISD has participated in the program for over 26 years. Our community was very giving last year as Rockdale Intermediate School students raised over $9,200. This year, we have set our goal at $10,000.

Please help support our students as they work to meet this goal. Fundraising began on Feb. 4 and will continue through Feb. 26 when our jumping event will take place. Please contact Kelsey Thurman at or 512-430-6200 for more information or to make donations.

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