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  • During a March assembly, Benfield Elementary kicked off Jump Rope for Heart, which encourages kids to develop heart-healthy habits and support American Heart Association research.
    Judy Tacyn
    During a March assembly, Benfield Elementary kicked off Jump Rope for Heart, which encourages kids to develop heart-healthy habits and support American Heart Association research.
  • One of the top fundraisers, Hannah Satterfield, gently “pied” fourth-grade teacher Molly Daniels.
    Judy Tacyn
    One of the top fundraisers, Hannah Satterfield, gently “pied” fourth-grade teacher Molly Daniels.
  • By raising a school-high $550, Teddy and Colby Evans got to pie Benfield Elementary Principal Debi Short during a March assembly.
    Judy Tacyn
    By raising a school-high $550, Teddy and Colby Evans got to pie Benfield Elementary Principal Debi Short during a March assembly.

Benfield Students Celebrate Sweet Success Of Jump Rope For Health

Judy Tacyn
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April 5, 2017

More than 400 Benfield Elementary School students packed into their new gym on Friday, March 17, to watch some lucky friends toss cream pies into the faces of the Principal Debi Short and two teachers. The fun event was the culmination of the school’s Jump Rope for Heart activities held during the month of February.

Jump Rope for Heart is a community service learning program of the American Heart Association. It teaches kids the importance of developing heart-healthy habits, that being physically active can be fun, and that by raising funds to support research and education, they help save lives across the country and in their community.

“Our school kicked off the fundraiser with a school-wide assembly to encourage the students to participate in the program,” said Benfield Jump Rope for Heart coordinator and physical education teacher Emily Clark. “Students were encouraged to share their [heart-health knowledge] with others and ask them to donate to the American Heart Association, as well as work on developing healthy habits of their own, such as drinking water, eating fruits and vegetables, and exercising every day.”

The top fundraisers were brothers Teddy and Colby Evans ($550), fourth- and second-grade respectively; first-grader Hannah Satterfield ($525); and first-grader Lila Posey ($445).

Denise Harbaugh, the American Heart Association’s youth market director for Anne Arundel County, opened the ceremony by thanking the Benfield students for their best fundraising year to date.

“In 2017, Benfield students raised an amazing $16,235, which roughly equates to saving 325 lives according to an AHA formula,” said Harbaugh. “They bested last year’s record of $14,967, bringing their lifetime contributions to $117,000 for the American Heart Association.”

First up for the pie event was Reese Wiser, a third-grader who took the place of an ill Lila Posey. Reese wound up and planted a whipped cream pie on a beaming Clark. Then to the children’s chants of “Miss Daniels, Miss Daniels,” Hannah Satterfield gently pied fourth-grade teacher Molly Daniels.

Finally, the Evans brothers had the chance to toss a pie at Principal Debi Short. As the boys approached their principal with their whipped cream pie, Short exclaimed, “Wait a minute!” To the squeals of the children, she pulled her hair back into a pony tail. The kids got ready again, only to hear “Wait a minute!” After adding a shower cap, underwater goggles and a towel, Short was finally ready to accept her pie. The students went wild!

Elementary and middle schools that would like to participate in Jump Rope for Heart or Hoops for Heart may contact Harbaugh at denise.harbaugh@heart.org.


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