Photo courtesy of Lynne Hermanson

In honor of Heart Awareness Month in February, area students celebrated their healthy hearts with the annual Jump Rope for Heart event.  Students spent the month practicing their jumping skills and learning about how to keep their hearts healthy. Along with this activity, students collected donations for the American Heart Association. The USD 231 recognized participants in the Jump Rope for Heart program at their May 9 board meeting. Pictured are (Left to Right): Ralph Leno, sponsor, Gardner Bank, Trent Hoover, Edgerton Elementary physical education teacher, Jerey Williams, Nike Elementary physical education teacher, Hadleigh Winkler, kindegarten, Amy VanRheen, Sunflower Elementary physical education teacher, Hanna Phipps, fourth grade, Justin Pessetto, American Heart Association youth market director. Winkler raised $170; Phipps $1,570 and (not pictured) Arianna Peters, Edgerton Elementary, raised $250.