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Kinds jump through hoops for heart fund-raiser

POLSON — “Bubble gum, bubble gum in the dish,

How many pieces do you wish?”

That is second-grader Cali Cannon’s favorite jump rope rhyme. 

As many times as Cali can jump equaled the number of pieces of (pretend) bubble gum. Cali and her two classmates counted the jumps.

Cannon was one of the 75 Linderman students at the annual Jump Rope for Heart event held on March 17 from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. Since it was also St. Patrick’s Day, green clothing made a strong showing.

Classes rotated around the gym in 20-minute intervals as music from the Beach Boys to "B-I-N-G-O” pumped from the boombox. Different areas of Linderman gym held individual jump ropes, hula hoops to jump through, hopscotch mats, hurdles, skip-its, Chinese jump ropes, big jump ropes which at least a dozen kids could run through, and jump ropes where a set of three kids took turns twirling and jumping. 

Volunteers Ethel Seals, Ashlyn Crosby and Grace Farley served free snacks — orange slices, cups of popcorn and water to quench thirst — from the concessions stand. They also signed kids into the event and handed out Jump Rope for Heart stickers.

Linderman Physical Education teacher Mickey Stanley teaches kids how to jump rope in P.E. All the kids were busy jumping with their classmates and friends and only one ice bag was visible.

Second graders said they liked Jump Rope for Heart because it was fun to jump rope, it was good exercise and it was entertaining. 

Not only is Jump Rope for Heart fun, but the event also raises money for the American Heart Association. 

Jumpers raised a total of $4,488 by collecting pledges from family and friends. 

The top fundraiser was Alyssa Bedari with $400, followed by Amanda Farley with $252, Renee Boyce with $225 and Justina Big Beaver with $215. 

All the jumpers were entered in a prize drawing. If their names were drawn, they could win a prize, such as sliders, which you put your feet into and scoot on carpeted areas, rockets, bags of treats, and other fun items. 

Millie Nesladek, school nurse at Linderman, and Stanley organized Jump Rope for Heart with help from Nancy Hemphill, who helped round up prizes. Moms and grandmas volunteered to twirl jump ropes, hand out equipment and organize lines. 

Subway donated 15 six-inch subs and a free cookie certificate for each jumper. Super 1 donated a whole case of oranges for snacks, and Showboat Cinemas donated popcorn for hungry jumpers. 

As the clock showed 4:30 p.m., kids were already protesting going home from the successful event. 

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