Ladue Schools physical education programs and Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart donated more than $50,000 to the American Heart Association this year.
Old Bonhomme Elementary School students donated $21, 913 to the American Heart Association through their 2014-2015 Jump Rope for Heart fundraising campaign. More than seventy percent of the student body turned in a donation compared to the national average of ten percent at schools across the country. Ladue Middle School students collected their largest donation ever of $10,000.
Students at Conway Elementary, Reed Elementary, Spoede Elementary and Fifth Grade Center also participated in Jump Rope for Heart or Hoops for Heart in their P.E. classes each year.
“We carry quite a tradition of contributing thousands of dollars to the American Heart Association, often being recognized among the top schools throughout the state,” says Connie Jander, one of the physical education teachers at Old Bonhomme Elementary.
Connie added that students not only learn the importance of community service, but they also participate in heart-healthy exercises and learn the value of taking care of their own hearts.