Thomasville Times Enterprise

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March 13, 2014

School raises more than $9,400

THOMASVILLE — Garrison-Pilcher Elementary School held its annual Jump Rope for Heart (JRFH) recently to raise money for the American Heart Association. The students raised a total of $9,430.82 while learning the value of community service and becoming empowered to contribute to their community’s welfare. 

Students raised money in person or online.  All money stayed local and was donated to the American Heart Association.  Online donations, totaling $3775, are particularly helpful because students helped Garrison-Pilcher earn gift certificates for free P.E. equipment. 

Principal Sharonda O’Neal said, “Our students, parents and community showed a great deal of support for the American Heart Association by raising over $9,000. Coach (Veletta) Reed and coach (Kristy) Peeples worked to encourage our students and our faculty and staff to live healthy lives through exercise and healthy eating. Jump Rope for Heart is an activity that we look forward to each year.”

The coaches believe this year was successful because of the duck incentives the students received as they raised money. They received a “Quacky Duck” with a $5 donation and a “Ninja Duck” with an online donation.

“The ducks played a huge role in helping to raise funds for us,” said Reed. “This has really been an exceptional year for us. The students have really wanted to help other kids. The duck incentives and the way we promoted them here I think really helped us with fundraising. This is my 26th year with Jump Rope for Heart here at Garrison-Pilcher and this has been our best year ever. I am very grateful to our kids and their parents for all they have done over the years.”

The top earner was Briley Chapman, second grader, who raised $675. The second-place earner was Caden Singletary, second grader, who raised $510. A first grader, Brayden Payne, raised $375. 

“We sent information home with the children in January and began receiving donations right away,” said Reed. “Donations continued until several days after the event.  We couldn’t be more pleased with the results.”

Jump Rope for Heart is a national education and fundraising event sponsored by the American Heart Association and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD). 


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