Students Put Heart into Jumping Rope

On Feb. 8, Rushmore Avenue School hosted its annual Jump Rope for Heart event. Student participants were sponsored by family, friends, neighbors, civic groups, municipal groups and local businesses, which helped to continue the longstanding tradition of raising funds for the American Heart Association. Over the past 26 years, the Carle Place community has supported the AHA, the nation’s oldest, largest voluntary organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular diseases and stroke, and has raised more than $404,000 in total.

“The Rushmore Avenue community volunteers their own time to be part of this event,” said Rushmore Avenue Principal Susan Folkson. “It’s a great cause.” Student volunteers helped with refreshments while their peers jumped rope and did group dances to familiar upbeat tunes to keep the momentum flowing.

“I’ve been participating since third grade,” said sixth-grader Danielle Grima. “It’s a really fun event and a good way to raise money for the American Heart Association, which is a great cause.”

Last year, the district raised more than $18,000 for the AHA, ranking fifth in all of Long Island.