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Event raises funds for heart association: Jump Rope for Heart has been taking place for nearly three decades

BURLINGTON — Students at Burlington Elementary got a chance to exercise on Friday, while raising funds toward a good cause.

Jump Rope for Heart took place at the school and the annual event has been raising funds for the American Heart Association since at least the early 90s.

Physical education teacher Jim Robinson said the event is open to all of the school’s grades, kindergarten through fifth.

“We give them a permission slip to take home, and then they can come and jump,” he said.

Throughout the day, each grade is rotated in for about 45 minutes each, where they take part in relay races, Double Dutch and other activities. The event runs the entire school day.

Robinson said the event raises funds and promotes both health and heart awareness for the children.

Envelopes go home with the students in the lead-up to the event, and they collect funds from friends, family, neighbors and community members.

At the midpoint of the day on Friday, as the school’s second graders participated in their session, organizers said the total raised for the Heart Association stood at $3,300.