Dutchtown Primary ‘Jumps Rope for Heart’

Photo provided by Linzy Roussel Cotaya -- Celebrating Dutchtown Primary School's success in raising money through its recent Jump Rope for Heart event are coaches, first row from left, Adam LeBlanc, Kathleen Guedry, Andy Kling and Sandra Jackson, and students, second row, Jacob Champagne, Maggie Boudreaux, Ella Tudman, Katelyn Pepper, Kassidy Smith, Kiely Lyngaas, Timothy Bourgeois, Cameron Hunter, Endya Gillard, Grace Vidrine and Luke Ortego. The students turned the teachers into a human sundae, complete with whipped cream, candy sprinkles and chocolate sauce.
Photo provided by Linzy Roussel Cotaya -- Celebrating Dutchtown Primary School's success in raising money through its recent Jump Rope for Heart event are coaches, first row from left, Adam LeBlanc, Kathleen Guedry, Andy Kling and Sandra Jackson, and students, second row, Jacob Champagne, Maggie Boudreaux, Ella Tudman, Katelyn Pepper, Kassidy Smith, Kiely Lyngaas, Timothy Bourgeois, Cameron Hunter, Endya Gillard, Grace Vidrine and Luke Ortego. The students turned the teachers into a human sundae, complete with whipped cream, candy sprinkles and chocolate sauce.

Dutchtown Primary School recently raised $16,206.47 for the American Heart Association’s Jump Rope for Heart program, school officials said.

To motivate the students, two male teachers pledged to wear red dresses if the school collected $7,000 through online contributions, and coaches agreed to be part of a human ice cream sundae if the school’s overall goal was met.

Both happened, and coaches Adam LeBlanc, Kathleen Guedry, Andy Kling and Sandra Jackson were recently doused with whipped cream, chocolate sauce, cherries and candy sprinkles.

Through Jump Rope For Heart, children learn jump rope skills, how their heart works and raise money to help youths with hearts problems, Linzy Roussel Cotaya, communications director with the American Heart Association said in a news release.

Jump Rope For Heart is a national fundraising program sponsored jointly by American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance and the American Heart Association. JRFH promotes physical activity, heart healthy living and community service to children.

“Our students as well as the local community take delight in participating in Jump Rope For Heart each year to raise money for the American Heart Association because they enjoy helping others,” LeBlanc said. “They realize that this is a worthy cause and see the importance of having a physically active lifestyle.”

The school is ranked second in the state in JRFH fundraising, Cotaya said.