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Students At Darien's Royle Elementary School Jump Rope For A Good Cause

Students at Royle Elementary School kicked off the school's annual Jump Rope for Heart program with special after-school activities Wednesday afternoon.
Students at Royle Elementary School kicked off the school's annual Jump Rope for Heart program with special after-school activities Wednesday afternoon. Video Credit: Jay Polansky

DARIEN, Conn. — Royle Elementary School kicked off its annual Jump Rope for Heart program with special after-school activities Wednesday afternoon.

Students jumped rope and played hopscotch — among other activities — in the school’s gym. “It’s a very nice electrifying experience,” said Royle Physical Education teacher Jill Cardamone, who has spearheaded the program for many years.

Cardamone said the school has participated in the program since 2008. It is run by the American Heart Association.

All students participate in the exercise aspects of the program. Approximately half of the student body raises funds, Cardamone said.

Donations have increased every year the school has held the fundraiser. Last year, the students raised nearly $25,000. The school hopes to raise $30,000 this year.

Watch the video for more information on the event.

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