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Thursday May 11, 2017 at 12:54pm Age: 2 yrs
Category: Minisink Elementary, District


Eighteen years of Jump Rope for Heart at Minisink Valley Elementary School and it keeps getting better. This year’s effort raised $11,146 for the American Heart Association (AHA) to advance the treatment and prevention of stroke and heart disease. 

Throughout the last week of April, K-2 students took part in the event during their regularly scheduled physical education classes with Dr. Kimiecik, a.k.a., Dr. K. Activities teach students how to care for their hearts while experiencing the joy of giving back to the larger community, and being a part of a worldwide initiative. 


Participating students are keenly aware of the health and charity components of Jump Rope for Heart. First graders Ava, Teagan, and Charlize want to help kids with heart disease. For second graders Eli and Callie, helping people is what everyone needs to do. Gianna loves to jump rope with other kids. Mary is conscious that jumping makes her heart jump faster, which makes her stronger.


First implemented at the MVES in the 1999-2000 school year, this annual effort has raised over $130,000. First grader Ava Burton helped raised the most funds–$1,675–and received a special recognition from the AHA of the Hudson Valley.   


Dr. K. has been part of every one of the 18 Jump Rope events at the elementary school. She has taught in the same gym for 31 years and contributed to the heart health of generations of students. 

Funds raised by schools for the AHA through Jump Rope for Heart are used for public health education, community services, and collaborations with health care providers, professional training and scientific research. For questions about Jump Rope for the Heart at the elementary school, contact Dr. Sandy Kimiecik at 355-5270. For more information visit