Archive for Wednesday, August 22, 2007

TES jumps for money

August 22, 2007

For the third straight year, Tonganoxie Elementary School has been named the top Jump Rope For Heart fundraiser in the northeast Kansas region.

On Monday, Jump Rope For Heart representative Jenny Everett informed TES physical education instructor Jeremy Goebel that the school raised the most money in northeast Kansas at $7,885.86.

Goebel said it was the second-highest amount raised during the three years that TES has been the top fundraiser.

According to Goebel, some schools do Jump Rope For Heart on a Saturday as a one-day event.

But in Tonganoxie, it's a two-week event.

"We decided to do it through our curriculum because jump rope's a part of that," Goebel said.

Students in grades kindergarten through fourth jumped rope during the physical education classes and then asked for donations from local residents in late March and early April.

Tonganoxie was up against some large schools on the Kansas side of the Kansas City metro area and still raised more funds.

Goebel said he hoped TES set its sights on being the top Jump Rope For Heart school in the Midwest next year. But he said after seeing this year's numbers, that could be a tough goal to achieve.

A Wichita school raised the most funds in the Midwest with roughly $28,000, he said.

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