CARIBOU, Maine — A new school record of more than $15,000 was raised recently by elementary students at Teague Park Elementary School during the 11th annual Jump Rope for Heart event to benefit the American Heart Association.
The students also got to hear from a very special heart ambassador for Teague Park, fifth-grader Cody Martin.
Martin stood up and gave a speech during the assembly, informing the crowd that when he was in third grade and the rest of the school participated in the Jump Rope for Heart event, “I was in Portland having heart surgery.”
“I have something called Wolf Parkinson’s White Syndrome,” he explained, describing that he was born with extra electrical pathways in his heart that cause his heart to beat too many time each minute.
“The American Heart Association helps kids like me with their research so Jump Rope for Heart is an important fundraiser for anyone with a heart condition,” Martin said, and the elementary gymnasium erupted into cheers when he concluded his speech.
Martin’s fifth-grade class also raised the most in the school with $2,312.
Students who raised the most money individually for the American Heart Association won a chance to slime a teacher of their choice — and this year, the teachers were dressed up like the differently themed rubber duck keychains the students could earn by fundraising.
Students who fundraised also were entered into a raffle to win either a boy’s bike or a girl’s bike; winning the boy’s bike was Cole DeCambra, and winning the girl’s bike was Anna Thibodeau.
And on April 16, students were afforded an opportunity to Skype with the president of the American Heart Association, Dr. Mariell Jessup, who informed the students how they were making a difference and helping people by participating in the annual Jump Rope for Heart Event.