Thirty years ago, the Pointer Sisters – with Ruth, Anita and the late June Pointer – had one of their biggest hits in “Jump (For My Love),” and students at two elementary schools will jump for their heart on Friday.
Students at Palmetto Bays Elementary School, on S.C. 544, between Socastee and Conway, and Kensington Elementary in Georgetown, will take part in “Jump Rope for Heart” benefits, all to raise awareness about the heart’s crucial part for good health.
At both schools, youth from all grade levels will each take turns jumping rope. The event coordinators, both physical education instructors – Debbie Wolfe at Palmetto Bays, and Dennis Brachna at Kensington – were hoppin’ last week to preview their school’s respective 12th and sixth annual jump-a-thons.
Both schools have extra incentives for students to take part, such as students raising money for the American Heart Association ( www.heart.org), which has an office in Myrtle Beach: 1113 44th Ave. N., Suite 200. Call 282-2901.
Kensington’s event was postponed to this Friday from Feb. 14 because Georgetown County Schools were still closed for a third day, as several sites awaited restoration of electricity after the ice storm that struck Wednesday.
My own dad, he had a stroke, and shortly after that, I began having the “Jump Rope for Heart” event. It didn’t just change his life; it changed all of our lives. He lived, with the effects of that stroke, for about seven years, and he ended up losing a leg because of an infection. It really hit home with me.
I kind of wish we didn’t have to do it, but we choose one of our students who has heart disease. Usually what we do every year is we name our event in that student’s honor. We introduce that student to the student body, bring the parents in, get to know the family, and they know they have the support of the school.
We are honoring one of our own students who has had open-heart surgery, will need another in about five years, and also suffers tremendously from juvenile arthritis.
Kids don’t get out and play as much as they used to. Jumping rope is inexpensive. All you need is a rope, and it doesn’t have to be a fancy rope, and any kid can learn. It gets them up and doing something active.