|Sportsmanship Raises Money for Heart Health|
|After weeks of rigorous preparation, students from Sunset Ridge Elementary filled the gym on Valentine’s Day to not only raise money for cardiovascular research but also improve their own heart health. |
P.E. Teacher Geoff Sibayan and Music Teacher Nichole Young worked with the students in three weeks of combined classes practicing each jump and trick before the event.
Jump Rope for Heart has been a successful fundraiser in schools for many years but when Sibayan came to Sunset Ridge, he made it all his own. Sibayan’s goal was to encourage every student to participate in each jump rope activity, whether they were good at it or not.
Raising over $1900, students and staff of Sunset Ridge demonstrated each kind of trick and jump they had practiced. Prior to the event students worked hard to try and become members of the 100’s club, meaning they completed more than 100 consecutive jumps. “The students get to show their individual skills as well as showing great sportsmanship through the entire event,” said Sibayan.
The event called for students to join teams. Each team alternated members one at a time to show their best jumps and tricks. Teams took breaks every few jumps while Sibayan and Young conducted a raffle to award prizes for students who raised money; among the prizes, a chance for one student to become a PE teacher for a day.
“All of our students benefited by knowing that by raising money they were doing their part to help the American Heart Association,” said Young. Students also learned that there are too many kids in the world who are not healthy. I’ve worked at other schools, and I can say with pride that Geoff has really stepped up the intensity of this event here at Sunset Ridge.”
|Posted February 28, 2013 |