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Friday, March 6, 2015

Jump Rope for Heart

Wahooo!  I LOVE Jump Rope for Heart!!  

I have been doing this fundraiser event since I was in kindergarten, and then came back to help once I was out of elementary school, thanks to a very cool P.E. teacher, Ms. Shippey.  She made the event so much fun that I was always excited to get donations for the Heart Association and improve my jump roping skills.

Now as a teacher myself, I have had the opportunity to share my excitement.  Over the past 7 years, with the support of Theresa Hoge, AHA Youth Market Director, I have had the privilege of bringing this event to three schools, and encouraged over a thousand kids (and teachers) to exercise and support the American Heart Association.  

Here's how I run my event:

Rosters - I get the rosters for all students at the school and make a color pattern throughout the classes to make teams.  My school is about 700 students, so I have 8 teams - red, yellow, green, blue, orange, white, gray, and purple.  Every student is notified of their team color a week in advance so they can get a shirt.

Rotations - since my event is during school and there are 8 rotations, they are all timed for 6 minutes.  After they do all rotations twice it's about an hour and a half.  

Name Tags - Lets face it, not every kid gets a shirt in their color or even tells their parents about it, so name tags are important.   I copy this on colored paper and hand write the names on them with a code to show a students grade level.  I have been fortunate the last 2 years to have volunteers help me write all of them.

Hallway Signs - I label the spaces and put up arrows to help with directions.  

If you would like any or all of my organizing items please leave your email address in the comments and I'll send it to you :)

Now that the paper work is done, check out how my event went this year!


Movie time - Disney Channel's "Jump In"

Obstacle Course
Running in the HALLS!




Jumping and Cheering  

  Relay Races


Healthy Snacks Break


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