Students jumping rope, shooting hoops to help fight heart disease

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 11, 1999

L’Observateur / February 11, 1999

DESTREHAN – Students from St. Charles, St. James and St. John Parish schoolswill jump rope and shoot hoops all in an effort to benefit the American Heart Association and support life-saving heart research.

Twenty-five River Parish schools will participate in the American Heart Association’s “Jump Rope for Heart” program during the spring. A joint projectof the AHA and the American Alliance for health, physical education, recreation and dance, Jump Rope for Heart involves students in the fight against heart diseases and stroke, America’s number one and number three killers.

Participants learn the benefits of physical activity and community service.

Students can jump in teams and receive donations from their sponsors.

Schools that will participate in the Jump Rope for Heart program this year include Albert Cammon Middle School, Carver Elementary, Ethel Schoeffner Elementary, Harry Hurst Middle School, Lakewood Elementary, Eual J. LandryMiddle School, Luling Elementary, Norco Elementary, R.J. Vial Elementary,Sacred Heart of Jesus School, St. Charles Borromeo School, St. Rose PrimarySchool, Fifth Ward Elementary (St. James), Gramercy Elementary, LutcherElementary, Paulina Elementary, Romeville Elementary, Sixth Ward Elementary, Vacherie Elementary, Ascension of Our Lord School, East St. John Elementary,Fifth Ward Elementary (St. John), John L. Ory Elementary, LaPlace Elementaryand St. Peter School.Twelve River Parish schools will also participate in the AHA’s Hoops for Heart program, the American Heart Association’s newest educational fund-raiser.

Students obtain donations to play exciting basketball skill games and win great prizes. Coordinators can tailor their event to meet the needs of their school.They can host a three-on-three contest, five-on-five tournament or a hotshot contest, for example. Hoops For Heart events can be conducted during class,after school or on a weekend.

Schools participating in this program are Carver Elementary, Eual J. LandryMiddle School, Norco Elementary, Sacred Heart of Jesus School, Gramercy Elementary, Lutcher Elementary, Romeville Elementary, Riverside Academy, St.

Charles Catholic High School, St. Peter School, West St. John Elementary andWest St. John High School.The American Heart Association spent more than $266 million during fiscal year 1996-97 on research support, public and professional education and community programs. With more than four million volunteers, the AHA is thelargest voluntary health organization fighting heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases, which annually kill more than 960,000 Americans.

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