Apropos of Valentine's, students in PreK through grade 8 participated in Jump Rope for Heart today. Under gorgeous blue skies and with dance music playing, the Lower School students skipped rope in their Compass groups for almost an hour.
Some did double Dutch, others did individual jumping, and several did a little of both. Jumping rope requires coordination and stamina, and so does operating the double Dutch ropes! It's almost like juggling — one slight move and you're sunk. Fortunately, several teachers and students were pros at keeping the dueling ropes going.
Before the event came to a close, the groups converged on the field while a few third-graders reported some interesting facts that their class had calculated. In the past 12 years of participating in Jump Rope for Heart, Santa Catalina Lower School has:
Traveled 1,704 miles, which equals the distance from the school to Disneyland five times over.
Skipped 83,334 feet high, or three times the height of Mount Everest.
Raised more than $25,000 for the American Heart Association.
Donated 1,800 jump ropes to schools in our area.
Kudos to Jeff Hrepich and Paul Elliott in the Athletics Department for organizing Jump Rope for Heart every year!
To see more photos from this heart-pumping event, check out our Flickr album.