Dardanelle Primary School Eyeing State Record After Raising Nearly $30K

DARDANELLE, Ark.- Dardanelle Primary school raised nearly $30K for their 2017 Jump Rope for Heart Foundation event.

“It’s hard to find words to describe it,” said coach Anthony Ross. “A small school like us in a community that is not large and we go out of our way to spend so much time and money for people who can’t do it for themselves.”

The exact total from the event is $29,832, which crushed their original goal of $17,500.

“We reached this year’s goal in the first two weeks of the fundraiser,” Ross said.

This comes in response to last year’s Jump Rope for Heart event as they beat their goal by more than $6K.

“It’s like what can’t these guys do.”

Ross goes on to say that the money is a big part of helping out those in need now, but this also planning towards the future.

“The kids understand the goals of learning to take care of yourself and taking care of somebody else, when you’re not looking to receive anything in return.”

Jump Rope for Heart began at the school February 17 and ended on March 17. Throughout the event  Ross made three goals for students to accomplish every day.

    1. Eat a fruit and a vegetable with every meal.
    2. Cut sodas out.
    3. Exercise 60 minutes a day.

“When they see a sense of pride in doing it, that is what it’s all about.”

 Seeing the kids continually striving to earn more every year is becoming a tradition at the primary school.

“It’s like a well-oiled machine, everyone knows their roll, we don’t complain and we understand we’re doing it for other people ….and it just works out and it keeps on getting greater and greater.”

Jump Rope for Heart is an AHA program for schools across the country. It teaches students how to take care of their hearts and the joy of giving back to their community. The program is more than 35 years old.

In the United States, roughly 36,000 children are born with a heart defect each year. AHA programs like Jump Rope For Heart help fund research related to heart health and heart disease in children. Last year, the AHA funded nearly $13.5 million in research related to children’s heart disease. Many of these projects researched how the heart develops before birth and congenital heart defects.

For nearly 38 years, the AHA has been able to help several people because of the support of teachers and students through school-based programs like Jump Rope For Heart. The AHA has funded scientists who have won Nobel Prizes for their work and worked with healthcare providers to reduce deaths from heart disease and stroke by 25 percent. Those achievements would not be possible without the time and work from people just like the students and staff from Dardanelle. 

The current state record is held by a Fayetteville School back in 2006 with a total of $31,150.

There will be a ceremony to celebrate the efforts of the school at 2 p.m., on March 31.


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