PS 52 students have a lot of heart — and they jumped around to prove it.
More than 350 youngsters showed off their skills at the Sheepshead Bay school’s sixth-annual Jump For Heart field day and fund-raiser on May 16. The day-long event raised $4,100 for the American Heart Association, according to organizer Lara Novella.
“We had great turnout and everyone enjoyed themselves,” said Novella, a gym teacher at the school on E. 29th Street near Voorhies Avenue. “The kids came away with healthy habits and gave back to the community.”
Novella said students donated $5 or more to spend the day jumping rope, playing basketball, and competing in other athletic exercises that imparted valuable lessons about sportsmanship, teamwork, and community service — and the importance of staying healthy.
“Everyone has a family member who has been touched with heart disease or a stroke,” Novella said. “So it hits close to home.”
Jump For Heart is an initiative of the American Heart Association, a leading non-profit organization dedicated to reducing death by heart disease through research and education.