Hannibal students jump ropes for others hearts

At left, Dennis M. Kenney Middle School student Makayla Ritchie is a hero and signs her name to a duck on the Heart Hero Pond poster during a Jump Rope for Heart event to celebrate the school’s more than $1,500 donation to the American Heart Association. Pictured with Makayla is Kenney phyiscal education teacher Penny Leonard. At right, seventh-graders Alyssa Beck cathes some air and shows off her jump roping skills at the Jump Rope for Heart event. Pictured with Alyssa is Ciara Farnham, foreground, and Brigette Reed, background. The celebration was held to honor Kenney students for their commitment to American Heart Association’s National Jump Rope for Heart fundraising and awareness campaign.
At left, Dennis M. Kenney Middle School student Makayla Ritchie is a hero and signs her name to a duck on the Heart Hero Pond poster during a Jump Rope for Heart event to celebrate the school’s more than $1,500 donation to the American Heart Association. Pictured with Makayla is Kenney phyiscal education teacher Penny Leonard. The celebration was held to honor Kenney students for their commitment to American Heart Association’s National Jump Rope for Heart fundraising and awareness campaign.

Dennis M. Kenney Middle School (KMS) in the Hannibal Central School District is filled with heroes, heroes that quite literally jumped at the opportunity to help others.

Over 50 middle school students along with their physical education teachers Penny Leonard and Dan Pawlewicz made a commitment to join the American Heart Association in its annual Jump Rope For Heart fundraising campaign. 

The Kenney Middle School team raised money for one month, generating more than  $1,500 for the American Heart Association. Donations generated through this campaign are used to fund medical research to help find lifesaving cures for people who suffer from various heart conditions.

The Kenney Middle Jump Rope for Heart campaign culminated in early May with a jump rope celebration and special visit from a young boy who was born with a heart condition known as Pulmonic Stenosis. 

Derek Eells and his mom, Amy Eells thanked the school for their support of the American Heart Association and said the students’ donations will go towards research to help people like Derek who are born with unhealthy hearts.

Special recognitions were also presented during the culminating celebration to recognize Dillon Plantz, Austin Calkins and Isabella Long as the school’s top three fundraisers. Then every participant was given an opportunity to keep their own hearts healthy with some fun jump rope games and activities.

At right, seventh-graders Alyssa Beck cathes some air and shows off her jump roping skills at the Jump Rope for Heart event. Pictured with Alyssa is Ciara Farnham, foreground, and Brigette Reed, background.
At right, seventh-graders Alyssa Beck cathes some air and shows off her jump roping skills at the Jump Rope for Heart event. Pictured with Alyssa is Ciara Farnham, foreground, and Brigette Reed, background.
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