Students jump for the heart & hit teachers with pies

Rock band Van Halen would be proud, as performers of the 1980s hit “Jump.”

That’s what Barlow Park and Journey kids did for the better part of an afternoon in late April, as they eagerly jumped rope, burned calories and raised a bundle of money for the American Heart Association.

“They reach out to their grandpa and grandma, uncles, aunts, relatives and probably neighbors,” school phy-ed teacher and organizer Dale Nehls said. “And I have noticed, too, that there were even some that posted it on Facebook, and they send out emails as well.”

The jump-rope event comes around every three years.

“That way, every student gets to do it one year, because it’s K, 1, 2,” Nehls said. “It seems to be working out really, really well, and that way, the community doesn’t get hit every single year with the same thing.”

As a highlight of the day, the top-nine students who raised the most money were rewarded by drawing names and putting cream pies in the faces of their teachers ... Find out how much money was raised in the May 12 issue of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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