Emily gets skipping at Sooke elementary school's Jumprope for heart event.

Jump for health

Students at Sooke elementary jumped for heart's sake

Jumprope for Heart is an annual fundraiser taken on by schools in Sooke. On May 24, the students at Sooke elementary spent the afternoon doing a number of activities in support of this fundraiser.

The event serves two primary functions. The first is to raise funds for Heart and Stroke research. The second is to instil a habit of healthy living amongst our students.

“Only 7 per cent of Canadian children and youth are meeting the daily recommendation of 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity,” said the Jump Rope for Heart website.

In spite of the seriousness of the event, the yard at Sooke elementary was filled with a lot of laughter, and a lot of jumping.

“It is our 17th year of participating in the Heart and Stroke Jump Rope for Heart event,” said principal Kerry Arnot. “We had a wonderful afternoon of trying out many different ways of skipping and everyone enjoyed themselves.”