Students at Botha jump roped their hearts out to raise money for the Heart and Stroke Foundation on Friday

Students at Botha jump roped their hearts out to raise money for the Heart and Stroke Foundation on Friday

Botha students support Heart and Stroke Foundation with style

Students at Botha School took advantage of the warm weather by participating in Jump Rope For Heart on Friday, May 23.

Students at Botha School took advantage of the warm weather by participating in Jump Rope For Heart on Friday, May 23.

The initiative began at the beginning of the month, when representatives from the Heart and Stroke Foundation spoke to the students about what the money is being used for and what a healthy lifestyle is.

Kindergarten to Grade 5 students took turns showing off their jump rope skills as Principal Mitch Hammond clearly had fun announcing the participants.

Almost 60 students participated in the fundraiser, and through gathering pledges, they raised over $2,000.

While the fundraiser is primarily to raise money for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Hammond said that’s not the only reason to participate.

“I think it’s more to do with us reminding them that we’re part of the community and we have to help support the community,” he said. “How we are giving instead of always getting because that’s what culture seems to always talk about.”

Students were called on one at a time to jump rope for cheering onlookers, which included other students, parents, and teachers. One student jumped rope sideways, one crouched while jumping, and one jumped off the playground set and then started jumping rope.

“We’re all about style at Botha,” Hammond said.