Airdrie school jumps for joy

Students and teachers at one Airdrie school did their hearts good while helping out a worthy cause.

During January and February, staff and students at R.J. Hawkey Elementary School, in Airdrie, participated in the school’s second annual Jump Rope for Heart. The event helps to get children active and to raise awareness and money for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta.

“It was wonderful to watch the children get involved in this cause, and we are pleased to report that there were approximately 200 students in Grades 1 through 4 that raised $18,000 this year. That is an incredible accomplishment,” said Dan Hoch, principal. Last year, the school raised $15,800.

Nicole Deault, coordinator of fund development for Alberta’s Heart and Stroke Foundation, visited the school to take in a few days of skipping and celebrating with the students. Deault was impressed by the school community’s level of enthusiasm for the event. In fact, staff and students are looking forward to next year’s Jump Rope for Heart event.

For more information about the event, contact Theresa Balko, Grade 4 teacher and Jump Rope for Heart organizer. Telephone: (403) 948-3939; e-mail:

—Story and photo courtesy of Dan Hoch, principal of R.J. Hawkey Elementary School

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