Union Elementary School Jumps Rope for Heart

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A school in Upshur County is helping the American Heart Association raise money for heart research, and it’s made a big jump on addressing this issue.

Union Elementary School in Upshur County continued to support AHA through its Jump Rope for Heart program.

“Growing up I participated in Jump Rope for Heart, and I loved it. I still love to jump rope. It’s just a lot of fun, I played sports its great. Just keeping fit and healthy,” said Bryson Morlan, physical education teacher.

That love seems to have spread to students as well. The program teaches children about the importance of physical activity, eating healthy, and helping others in the community. The school raises funds each year and this year broke its previous record bringing in $2,848.

“For a school this size that’s absolutely tremendous. I was looking back at their records about five years ago they raised about $500, so they’ve really gone above and beyond the messaging and also funding the research,” said Michelle Loehr, of American Heart Association.

The school held various events from a jump-a-thon to students going out asking for donations.

“A lot of people won’t turn you down for that one especially as cute as you are, you know, it’s good to get kids caring about other kids,” Morlan said.

Thousands of kids are born each year with special hearts, hearts that do not work exactly right. The heart association and the school feels that an exercise such as jumping rope will be an activity that makes their lives better by simply learning to live better.

“We think if we can get that engrained at such a young age, then they’ll continue to live a healthier lifestyle as they get older,” said Loehr.

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