Thursday, July 8, 2004
North Laurel students jump at chance to help heart asso.
North Laurel Elementary School raised $10,039.55, the most by any public school and second most for any school, for the American Heart Association through the 2003-04 Jump Rope for Heart program. According to William Repke, vice president of school programs in Pennsylvania and Delaware for the American Heart Association, the program emphasizes the importance of eating right, exercising and staying tobacco free to help lower the risk of heart disease. North Laurel’s contribution will be used for educational and advocacy programs to “significantly impact the fight against the nation’s number one (heart disease) and three (stroke) killers.”
  Repke added that almost every family in America is touched by heart disease and stroke, which account for more deaths than the next three leading causes of death combined. North Laurel was listed as one of the top 25 fund-raisers in the state, raising more than any other public school in Delaware. More than 1,000 schools from Delaware and Pennsylvania participated in the Jump Rope for Heat and Hoops for Heart programs. In addition to raising money for the American Heart Association, the programs show children the importance of staying fit. According to the American Heart Association, more than 15 percent of children and adolescents are overweight, and 27 million children have high blood cholesterol. Seventy percent of students are more likely to be physically active as an adult if they were as a child.