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(From left) Fourth-graders Katie Larson, Kaitlyn DeLong, Brianna Nabors, Sydney Burgess and Cassie Gulich made jumping rope look easy at the Jump Rope For Heart event at St. Croix Central Elementary on Friday, Feb. 28. (Photo by Sarah Young)

The St. Croix Central Elementary School gym echoed with the beat of jump ropes thumping the floor on Friday, Feb. 28, as this year’s Jump Rope for Heart event was under way.

Third- and fourth-graders participated in the fundraiser to raise money for the American Heart Association. They raised more than $15,500 toward their cause, SCC physical education teacher Brenda Simone said.

“The kids have been working hard polishing up on their jump rope skills along with raising money for the AHA,” Simone said. “Can you believe they raised over $15,000?”

The kids jumped rope in the gym in teams of six. Each team had two short jump ropes and two students jumped for two minutes while the scoreboard counted down. When their time was up, two more in their group took their places while upbeat music played over the speakers. Each round lasted 20 minutes.

The songs playing over the speakers kept the non-jumping teammates active, with songs like “The Chicken Dance,” “YMCA,” “The Freeze” and “Peppermint Twist.”

After the 20 minutes was up, the long jump ropes came out and kids were able to play jump rope games in groups.

The focus of Jump Rope for Heart is to raise funds for lifesaving heart and stroke research and community and educational programs for youth to prevent childhood obesity.

In 35 years, Jump Rope for Heart has raised more than $818 million for research to combat heart disease and strokes.

SCC top fundraisers

Fourth graders Dylan Wilke ($800), Sierra Wheeler ($600), Josh Harvey ($545), Karter Laventure ($427) and Jacob Miklian ($375).

Third graders Madison Morgan ($345) and Lorraine Sweet ($336.10).

For more information on the AHA, call 800-AHA-USA1 or visit

Sarah Nigbor

Sarah J. Nigbor serves as a regional editor for RiverTown Multimedia, a position she began in April 2017. She joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News, before being appointed editor of the Pierce County Herald in Febraury 2015. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004. 

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