by Lisa Tome
Mother Nature did her part to make the annual Jump Rope for Heart at Holly Hall Elementary a big success.
The event, which was held on October 31, saw nearly 600 students in grades kindergarten through five, work to raise money for the American Heart Association.
"This is our seventh year," said teacher Kim Whitney, who helps coordinate the event with physical education teacher Kelli Stansfield.
An asphalt pad playground was transformed for the day. Two sets of eight stations were set up for students to perform various activities. There was long rope jumping, short rope jumping, hurdles, Chinese jump rope, hula hooping, face painting, a water break, and more.
"We do warmups and stretches before we start. The students are very excited about it," said Whitney.
Several weeks prior to jumping day, students watched the American Heart Association's promotional video. They also collected pledges and competed to earn prizes.
Parent volunteers helped out at the stations. Some also participated in the jumping events.