UNION, NJ – Franklin Elementary School students helped spread the word about the importance of keeping a healthy heart recently when they participated in the Jump Rope For Heart event.

Organized by Franklin Elementary physical education teachers, Jump Rope For Heart is a national education and fundraising event sponsored by the American Heart Association and the Society of Health and Physical Educators.  The mission is for kids to learn jump rope skills, raise money, and gain knowledge about how their heart works.  Through the program, kids learn how to stay healthy and make a difference.

The students and their teachers came together for a day of fun, all while learning the importance of community service and helping those kids with special hearts.  Through the activities, students learned to develop heart-healthy habits while being physically active.  They then put down the jump ropes to work on their dance skills participating together in the electric slide and cha-cha slide. 

“Jump Rope For Heart is a community service learning program of the American Heart Association,” said Franklin physical education teacher Diego Muoz.  “Franklin Elementary schools students are actively engaged in promoting the importance of developing heart-healthy habits, that being physically active can be fun and that raising funds to support cardiovascular research and education help save lives in their community and across the county.”