In late February, students at Julia Randall Elementary School made history by raising $10,398.69 during their annual Jump Rope For Heart event for the American Heart Association. Last year, the students raised $4,700.
More than 500 students participated in the event. Donations raised by the Jump Rope For Heart program help fund research in heart disease and stroke and support the American Heart Association's public and professional education programs. Heart disease is the number one killer in America and strokes are number three.
Thirteen students earned more than $150 each, and their names will be placed in a national drawing for a trip for four to Walt Disney World in Orlando.
Those students are Neveah Guerrero, Taylor Keeney, Delaney Wells, Demi Gardenhire, Montanna Rhodes, Seth Begay, Hannah Bix, Mariyah Guerrero, Makenna Wells, Addie Becker, Cheryl Lola, Jessica Letrich and Aubrey Escalanti.
Jessica Letrich was the top money earner this year for Julia Randall Elementary with $1,081. Addie Becker raised $1,000, McKenna Wells raised $790, and both Hannah Bix and Delayne Wells collected $305.
For every $10 students raised, their name was placed in a drawing for a prize.
We would like to publicly thank the following businesses and sports organizations who donated prizes: Dairy Queen, Sonic, Safeway, Bashas', Pizza Hut, Pizza Factory, Walgreens Burger King, Wendy's Chili's, Sawmill Theatres, Blockbuster Video, The Phoenix Suns, The Arizona Cardinals, and the Dallas Cowboys. This year, the Phoenix Coyotes provided every student who raised $10 with a free hockey ticket.
Also this year, we had three very special businesses that helped us go over the $10,000 goal by making a donation to the American Heart Association.
The Mazatzal Casino donated $650, Wal-Mart donated $500 and ERA Young Realty donated $200.
The Jump Rope For Heart event is sponsored by the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance and its goal is to show the benefits of regular exercise and to raise money for the American Heart Association's research and educational programs and materials, which are distributed to schools throughout the United States.
Jump Rope For Heart is not only fun, but also teaches participants the importance of a heart-healthy lifestyle that includes regular physical activity, proper nutrition and living tobacco-free.