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Jumping at school for a good cause

The Middleton Elementary School gym was literally jumping Feb. 11 thanks to the annual "Jump Rope For Heart" fundraising event.

More than 700 students, grades one through six, took time out from their regular classes to spend time jumping to save lives.

By the end of the day, close to $5,255 was raised.

Jump Rope For Heart is a national program that is sponsored by the American Heart Association that has elementary students jump rope, all the while raising funds to support lifesaving heart and stroke research.

"They absolutely love doing it," music teacher and Jump Rope for Heart volunteer, Judy Wedul, said. "Not only is it good exercise, it lets students give back to those friends and family members they have lost."

Amber Kispert-Smith

Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.

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