May 13 will be a big day at Adam Robertson Elementary School, when students, teachers and alumni celebrate the 25th annual Jump Rope for Heart, in support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation (HSF).
ARES is the first school in the Okanagan/Kootenay HSF region to reach that tally, having started in 1987. Over more than two decades, the school has raised $197,259.54 for the cause.
“We’ve been very blessed to have the support of the community,” said teacher Lorraine Doeleman, one of this year’s organizers.
With over $3,500 raised so far this year, that total will top $200,000 before the big day, which starts with a ribbon cutting at 9 a.m. Students will jump rope in two groups, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, backed by House of Rock bands and joined by Prince Charles Secondary School students.
Students are busy collecting donations, and anyone wishing to donate can do so by calling Karen Mottl at 250-428-5751.
More than 40 volunteers will help out at the jump rope event, which promises to be exciting for all.
“They don’t even know they’re increasing their heart rate — they’re having so much fun,” said Doeleman.