Charles C. McLean students raise over $8,000 for Jump Rope for Heart

GORE BAY––Students at Charles C. McLean Public School (CCMPS) in Gore Bay raised a total of $8,346.49, a record high amount for the school, during the annual fundraising event Jump Rope for Heart last Friday.

“The students started collecting two weeks prior, door-to-door, and raised $8,346.49, a record for the school,” Dayle Wright, school secretary and Jump Rope for Heart fundraising chair, told The Recorder. “The community is very generous and the students worked really hard.”

In addition to fundraising two weeks prior, the 56 participating students also practiced daily on their nutrition breaks, “warming up and getting ready,” Ms. Wright noted, under the supervision of teachers Robyn Best, Courtney Chatwell-Lockyer and April Patterson.

Last Friday morning the students gathered in the gym, each class skipping rope for one hour.

The participating classes included Ms. Patterson’s Grade 3/4 class, Heather Jefkins Grade 4/5 class and Lydia Burlein’s Grade 5/6 class.

Top fundraisers this year were Will Gordon from the Grade 5/6 class, who raised $516 and Bella Jefkins from the Grade 4/5 class, who raised $635.

Other students who collected outstanding amounts were Lauren Makay with $420, Paige VanderWeerden with $335 and Rachael Orford, who raised $317.

“I like going around collecting money when it’s for a good cause,” Will Gordon, top male fundraiser, told The Recorder. “I like skipping and the prizes are pretty neat too. The money might help save someone in someone else’s family or I could end up needing help someday.”

This is CCMC’s 12th year participating in Jump Rope for Heart, having started in 2002.

Though it was a record total raised this year, last year the school also did very well, raising $8,211.50.

“I am very pleased with the effort put forth by staff and students to make this event such a success again this year,” CCMC Principal Christy Case said. “The students are always very excited to raise money for this wonderful cause. We are also very fortunate to have such a generous and involved community. They always support our events and help ensure their success.”

Jump Rope for Heart not only raises money for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, but it also encourages students to get active and includes education on nutrition, physical activity and being smoke-free.

“We believe in a future where health flourishes and where today’s children are active and healthy adults,” says Andy Collin, Heart and Stroke Foundation director of corporate and community development, in a press release. “Every way we can get students engaged in being physically active and sharing our message of living a healthy lifestyle is a win for the Foundation, the school, the community and most of all, the students.”