Tips from Coordinators
Michelle Whittingham con't
The day of your event:
- Set up your gym for the event.
- I run my event in stations.
- Station 1 – Individual Jumping – have single jump rope for students to practice basic jump rope skills. I use poly-spots or tape marks of the floor for students to jump on for rope safety.
- Station 2 – Chinese jump rope – in a group of 3 students practice Chinese jump rope skills.
- Station 3 – Health Fair – Students get to discover all of the items that you borrowed from the American Heart Association. The stethoscopes are at the health fair station as well. Make sure a volunteer is at this station to clean the scopes and insure the proper use of heath fair items.
- Station 4 – Poster Contest – Make a class list that a volunteer can mark on for the poster votes. The students will tell the volunteer which poster is his/her favorite by telling the volunteer the number of their favorite poster. The volunteer will tally the votes at the end of the day.
- Jump Rope Contest – for the last 3-4 minutes of class, have a "who can jump the longest?" contest. I buy little prizes to hand out (jump ropes, heart note pads, pencils)
- Collect donations – when the classes arrive to the gym have the art or music teacher collect the envelopes. This teacher is the designated money counter. He/she should have a volunteer to help enter the donation dollar amounts into the computer.
- For security purposes, do not have the volunteer count the money. This should be the job of a teacher only. Be sure to put money that is turned in prior to the event date in the school safe so that it is secure."
Paula Shelden – MO AHPERD JRFH State Coordinator
"My very favorite tip for Jump Rope For Heart is a kick-off before or during the Jump Rope for Heart event. The school staff and every student jump at the same time for 20 minutes. Every student and staff member writes a name on a paper heart of the person he/she is jumping in honor of. We put all the hearts on a bulletin board. This event always brings enthusiasm for our JRFH event!!!!!"
Gina Parker – IL AHPERD President-elect and JPC member
- "Start planning the next event as soon as the last is over.
- Take notes on what worked and what needs to be improved for the next year.
- Utilize parents and other volunteers but always send a thank you from you or have the students make them.
- Use student council to make homemade JRFH posters
- Never through an idea out remember it can be revised into a new idea
- Utilize all of the stores and local restaurants in town for extra prizes
- Use the PTA, PTO, PTSA to your full advantage ask them how they think they can help and have a list of ideas ready
- Advertise at your open house night at the beginning of the school year with what the events will be info about heart disease and the dates of the events."