Marsh students get a jump on healthy lifestyle

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Kindergarten student Ashana Robinson, 6, jumps rope. Kindergarten student Ashana Robinson, 6, jumps rope.

ABSECON – Students weren’t hopping mad at the H. Ashton Marsh School here Thursday, Feb. 14 – but they did seem to be mad about hopping and jumping.

Students and teachers jumped rope, hopped on gigantic bouncy balls, skipped and played around at stations set up in the school gym on the final day of the school’s annual Jump Rope for Heart American Heart Association fundraiser.

The 10 students who raised the most money won a chance to spray school Principal Joseph Giardina with Silly String as their classmates, parents and teachers looked on.

“We are always looking for ways to involve our community – students, teachers and staff – with the Absecon family of residents,” said Giardina. “It’s a win-win for everybody.”

He said the program helps children become aware of living a heart-healthy lifestyle and provides a way for the school to help a good cause.

“Nearly everybody has a family member who suffers from heart disease,” he said. “Anything we can do to help children become aware of living a healthy lifestyle is a good thing.”

Physical education teacher Doug Scholder, who coordinated the event, agreed.

“The students learn to give back to the community,” he said. “We created awareness about heart disease and living a healthy lifestyle at an early age for them.”

It seemed as though everybody had a whole lot of fun.

Second-grader Eva McKnight, 8, raised $185, the most of any student in the school, Scholder said. The other top-10 fundraisers were Grace Evans, Ryan McDermot, Hayden Beck, Katelyn Hill, Cailee Mosquedo, Haley Ruark, Rudy Murphy, Nicky Blanchi and Justin Hackett.

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