Stambaugh students jump for heart

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Students at one local school are literally taking to heart the message that exercise is good for you.

Students in kindergarten through eighth grade at the Stambaugh Academy in Youngstown are taking time this week to participate in the annual “Jump Rope for Heart” program to benefit the American Heart Association.

On Monday afternoon, a class of sixth graders was jumping during their gym class.

“It’s not only promoting kids to get involved and give back to the community, but also it helps us promote physical education school wide, both making healthy choices and exercising, throughout the year,” said Stambaugh Academy gym teacher Jennifer Watson.

As part of the program, the students collect pledges for jumping rope and can receive prizes for the amount they raise. Teachers said the school’s goal is $750.

The program runs through Thursday.

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