Every February, Franklin Elementary School raises money for the Jump Rope For Heart Association! The Jump Rope For Heart program encourages kids to keep their hearts healthy and donate money to kids with heart defects.

Last year, Franklin School reached their goal of earning more than $10,000! One year later, they were rewarded with an entertaining assembly. Students came all the way from Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey. They performed incredible tricks on the jump ropes that inspired Franklin students to join in.

Franklin Elementary School began Jumprope For Heart eleven years ago, in 2006. Franklin’s Physical Education teacher, Mrs. Burr had a family member that struggled with a heart attack. Mrs. Burr then introduced Franklin to The Jump Rope For Heart Association to raise money for her dad, and many other people with heart issues. Fortunately, because of the “amazing doctors and research”, Mrs Burr’s dad survived and is now in good health.

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Laura Burr stated that her favorite part of Jump Rope For Heart gym classes, is “To watch students grow and improve throughout the years” She also believes that “It takes a village! A whole community working together to raise money to help those in need.” Isn’t it amazing that Franklin school can work together to raise so much money?!

Without Franklin’s wonderful physical education teacher and the students that help raise money for Jumprope For Heart, this fantastic experience for the students of Franklin School would have not been accomplished!

Samantha Sacks is a Fourth Grader at Summit's Franklin Elementary School.