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Neighbors Growing Together | Mar 25, 2017

Middle school plans fundraisers for heart disease

By Andy Hallman, Ledger news editor | Mar 02, 2017

Fairfield Middle School students will participate in a pair of fundraisers this month for heart disease research.

Students in grades sixth through eighth will “Jump Rope for Heart” Tuesday, and then shoot “Hoops for Heart” the following Tuesday.

The money donated for the events will go to the American Heart Association, which funds research and educational programs about heart disease and strokes. Nancy Diers, who coordinates the two fundraisers at the school with Jerrod Belzer, said some of the money funds research at the University of Iowa.

The students will jump rope from 3:45-5 p.m. Tuesday at the middle school.

Diers said they are sure to get a workout that day, because they’ll be jumping most of the 75 minutes they’re there.

Participants will start with 26 minutes of single-rope jumping, followed by rope jumping relays and competitions for 20 minutes, and concluding with 20 minutes of long rope jumping.

The following week for “Hoops for Heart,” the students will divide into teams of three for a three-on-three basketball tournament, with a knockout competition in the middle. That event will last from 3:45-5:40 p.m.

Students must fundraise $10 to participate, though participation is voluntary. Diers said 30 students have raised money for “Jump Rope for Heart.”

Diers said the school normally conducts these fundraisers in February to coincide with National Heart Health Month.

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