How fitting is was when Metropolis Elementary School (MES) students formed the shape of a large heart on April 20 to symbolize not only the school's participation in the Jump Rope for Heart event, but also the students' love for giving back to the community.
Marlene Zeiler, physical education teacher at MES, said when the school began participating in the Jump Rope for Heart event eight years ago, she was clueless as to how much the school would raise. She recalls thinking that maybe the school would be able to raise $200-$300. But, in the first year alone, the school raised $5000.
That was the 2004-05 school year. Each year the students continue to raise thousands of dollars that go to American Heart Association.
According to Zeiler, this year's Jump Rope for Heart event, held March 16, raised a total of $11,030. When quickly adding that total to the previous years', the grand total of money raised within the past eight years has been $66,461.
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