Students at First Baptist Church School in Beeville recently did just that as they participated in the national Jump Rope for Heart fundraising event sponsored by the American Heart Association and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Money raised through the event went to help children with heart-health issues.
Physical education teacher Veronica Contreras organized the event, and students worked hard to sign up sponsors to support their efforts. Contreras has taught P.E. at FBCS for five years.
“We set up an obstacle course in the gym which included jumping rope and other activities,” Contreras said. “It was awesome. Everybody was really into it, and parents came and watched their kids. The school raised $2,899 in all.”
The kindergarteners will be treated to a special party for raising more funds than any other class. They brought in $1,185. Kindergartner Mamie Gonzalez also won the medal for being the top fundraiser in the school. Gonzalez collected $532 for the event.
“I wanted to be the coach of my class, and they let me,” Gonzales said. “It was fun, and they are going to donate the money.”
“First Baptist Church School is not just about academics but also about serving the community,” FBCS director Orpha Garcia said. “Community projects teach kids so much about the value of helping others, and we try to work them whenever we can.”
K-4 through 6th grade registration for 2012-2013 is now open at First Baptist Church School. For more information call 358-4161 or online at www.fbcschool.com.