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Teacher: Genni Lach who teaches at Horace Mann Elementary in Lakewood, OH. Genni Lach can be contacted at

Name of Best Practice: Jump Rope For Heart

Rationale/Purpose of Event: To promote physical activity and community service at an early age. This event also allows our students the opportunity to meet students from other buildings. It is a social experience as well. They will be attending middle school with these children in the near future.

Materials Needed: Jump Ropes, DJ,cones, tables, chairs, banners, tape, scissors, markers, t-shirts, snacks, door prizes, cheer leaders, mascots, American Heart Association representative, camera, video camera.

Jump Rope For Heart

Fourth and fifth graders in my district gather at our high school to jump rope for our Jump Rope for Heart event. I have a DJ company that donates their time for this worthwhile cause to raise money for the American Heart Association. The event is on a Saturday morning in our main gym at the high school. Students arrive with their parents and register at their schools table. Upon check in the students receive a sticker, raffle ticket and in most years a t-shirt to be worn at the event. After checking in the students go to their schools section of the gym where they number themselves off 1,2,3.

The event goes from 9-11 a.m. Approximately at 9:00 a.m. I welcome and thank everyone who made donations to help make this event a success. At 9:15 a.m. the DJ gets the students jumping rope by calling their numbers out. After jumping for a designated time (15-20 minutes)with short ropes, we take a ten minute break and have a healthy snack. During the snack break time we call out student names to raffle off door prizes. We have had local team sport mascots helping draw names or pass out the prizes.

After the snack break we switch to long ropes and invite parents to come and twirl the long ropes for approximately 15-20 minutes. At about 10:15 a.m. we put the long ropes away and the DJ puts dance music on for everyone to dance. At 11:00 a.m. we give special thanks to all the students and parents for their support and appreciate their support of the Jump Rope for Heart event.


Children receiving t-shirts depends whether we have the money/donations or not.

Every year I don't always have a mascot. I also try to vary the entertainment every year to keep student and parent interest.

Adaptations for Students with Disabilities:

Modify jumping as needed.

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Posted on PEC: 5/10/2011 and has received 62 votes.

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