Roxboro Elementary celebrates record-breaking fundraiser

The Jump Rope for Heart event raised $10,654.74 for the American Heart Association.

The gymnasium at Roxboro Elementary was the site of an “Eye of the Tiger” all-school assembly and pie-throwing event on May 1. Rox El competed against 168 schools in the Jump Rope for Heart event, including schools in Cuyahoga, Lake, Medina, and Geauga counties, earning $10,654.74 for the American Heart Association (AHA).

Vince Nemeth, Rox El physical education teacher and Jump Rope for Heart coordinator, led the assembly, telling students that this was an assembly where being “loud” was “allowed.” “We’re going to rock the house!” shouted Nemeth.

Principal Mike Jenkins, PTA president Erin Gisel and representatives from the American Heart Association applauded the students, parents, teachers and staff for their efforts.

During the celebration, students demonstrated how well they could jump rope. But the highlight of the celebration was the pie-throwing finale, when students were given permission to “cream” the faces of select staff members. It wasn’t long before the pie-faced smashees turned on each other and it became a free-for-all.

This year's Jump Rope for Heart program kicked off on Friday, Feb. 27, when students began soliciting pledges of support from family and friends for the Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser. Through their participation, students learned about heart health through exercise, improved coordination, and donated the proceeds to the AHA’s fund for children with cardiac disease.

As an International Baccalaureate World School, this activity was a natural to fit Roxboro Elementary's mission to learn how to be caring citizens of their community and the world.

A three-minute video of the event was made and can be viewed at:

Cynthia Barnes

Cynthia Barnes is the public relations liaison in the Communications and Community Engagement Department at CH-UH City School District.

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