Students at Port St. Joe Elementary School got their Monday started jumpin’ or shootin’.


Students at Port St. Joe Elementary School got their Monday started jumpin’ or shootin’.



The physical activities were part of the annual Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart fundraisers. Each year students collect money to donate to the American Heart Association to raise awareness for the health related effects of heart disease.



Students collected donations from friends and family or by going door-to-door in their neighborhoods.



Teachers Sandy Quinn and Jewell Hopper coordinate the program and work to motivate the students and keep them active each day.



“Our goal this year was set at $6,000 and our kids did a great job trying to reach it,” said Quinn. “We’re very proud of them.”



Students raised $5,000 over a two-week period while they learned how to fight heart disease by staying physically active and eating healthy.



The Hoops/Jump Rope for Heart program has been active in Port St. Joe for more than ten years and shows no signs of slowing down.



“We all have had someone we know that might have had heart problems,” said Quinn. “Heart disease affects young and old and we believe this is what motivates our students to work hard for American Heart Association.”