Last month the Cedar Springs school kids were jumping. Really jumping. No, not with the normal excess energy they seem to possess. They participated in the annual Jump Rope for Heart Contest. Sponsored by the American Heart Association, the Physical Education teachers organized the event for the 22nd consecutive year.
A total of 582 students from Cedar View and Red Hawk Elementary as well as the Middle School enjoyed the day of jumping and music.
“These kids did a wonderful job raising donations for the event. They were thinking of others and that is something special,” stated PE teacher Steve Banagis, one of the pioneers of the event.
Banagis, along with Chris Rypma and Mark Schumann, stress wellness and physical activities all year in their classes.
Katia Corwin, a fourth grader, raised $280.00 to lead all kids. At Red Hawk, the top team was Carlee Mouthean, Megan Dreyer, Alison Sparling, Kaitlyn Coons, Sammie TerHorst and Lindsey Lehman.
In the middle school, Zach Clelland led the top team that included Maddie Garza, Kaci Clark, Nick Fennessey, Robbie Pecklam and Krystyn Messersmith.
The amount raised this year totaled $ 9,382.00.