Little Jumpers Raise Big Bucks for Heart Health

Lee Elementary is known to Thornapple Kellogg students as “the school where you get to do Jump Rope for Heart.” It’s a crazy, loud, happy time where second- and third-graders jump rope in the gym all day while parents and family members watch.

More than $27,000 was raised for the American Heart Association by this year’s event. Classrooms rotate throughout the day, with each doing an hour of jumping. Physical education teacher JoAnne Desy has directed the event since it started more than 20 years ago.

Emma Webber gets in the jumping zone

The sign says it all -- Lee Elementary is usually the school that raises the most in the state

Linda Odette
Linda Odette is a freelance writer and editor with more than 30 years of experience in journalism. She’s worked primarily as an editor in feature departments at newspapers in West Michigan, including the Grand Rapids Press, the Muskegon Chronicle and the Holland Sentinel. She lives in East Grand Rapids near the Eastown edge, has a teenage son and a daughter in college. Read Linda's full bio


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