What is Jump Rope for Heart ? How does it work? Who can hold the event? This article is intended as a complete overview of the Jump Rope for Heart program, as well as a guide for starting an event.
What is Jump Rope for Heart?
Jump Rope For Heart is a fundraising and event program that has become one of the premier annual events for primary and secondary schools, with thousands of schools and millions of children participating across the US each year. The program has raised over $ 1.2 billion since its inception in 1978. The concept of Jump Rope for Heart is also practiced in many other countries, including:
- Australia, where more than 8 million children have participated since its inception in 1983 – For more information click the following link: Australia Jump Rope for Heart Information.
- New Zealand, where more than 2.4 million children have participated since its inception in 1985 – For more information click the following link: New Zealand Jump Rope for Heart Information.
- Canada, where more than 955,000 children in Canada participate in the 2014/15 school year – For more details please visit Canada Jump Rope for Heart Information.
In the United States, the program is sponsored by the American Heart Association and the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE), which provides support, materials, and fundraising tools for educators interested in organizing the Jump Rope for Heart program.
How does it work?
In short, Jump Rope for Heart is designed with four simple goals:
- Make children more active (by telling them to jump rope).
- Educate children about their heart, and habits to keep the heart healthy.
- Collect money for cardiovascular research and community service.
- Teach children the value of community service.
The program is conducted by involving elementary and middle school children in a 3-4 week jump “learning jump rope” program, usually conducted during PE class, leading to large demonstrations or performances open to parents and the community. Gyms and schools are usually plastered with fun heart card posters and educational materials. Along the way, children are encouraged to raise funds by asking friends and family for donations to be sent to the American Heart Association (to support research and education programs).
Registering and Putting On an Event
The Jump Rope For Heart program is usually led by PE teachers who enroll their school to host an event through the American Heart Association website (this is the school enrollment page). The event is often scheduled in February to coincide with the American Heart Month, but can be done anytime throughout the year.
Once the school is enrolled, the American Heart Association sends out an event with everything needed to hold an event, including:
- Step-by-step instructions for promoting and organizing events. You can download here.
- Educational materials and lesson plans to support the 3-4 classroom week teaching units, as well as materials to put up around the school.
- Jump rope for use in their class.
- Fundraising tools, tips, materials and outline.
The American Heart Association also arranges support from experienced staff or volunteers who can answer questions and help prepare the event. The American Heart Association has seven affiliated organizations covering different geographic areas in the country. So, for example, if you’re in Washington state, you’re supported by “West America” affiliate office.This is a map of different affiliate offices.
Once registered, the teacher or coordinator sets the fundraising goals and starts reaching out to students and parents to invite them to register and participate in the event. Each student can create online profiles and web pages to help fundraising. Secure sites make it easy to send emails, share information and receive donations online.
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