Routhier students raise $11,000 for Heart and Stroke Foundation

Mac Olsen
Express Staff

The playground at Ecole Routhier on May 25 was filled with students using skipping ropes and having fun. It was the school’s annual Jump Rope for Heart event and the afternoon was sunny and warm. Laura Wuth and the Grade 5 English class led other students in skipping exercises.

All told, the students raised just over $11,000 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, NWT & Nunavut, and their goal was to raise $10,000. Organizer Marie Gagnon is pleased with their efforts.

“The students and staff at Ecole Routhier School are proud to have been participating in the Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser for the past 13 years,” she say. “This event not only teaches the importance of healthy habits, but it also teaches the importance of helping others in the community and across Canada.”

Elise Turcotte’s Grade 4/5 French class raised the highest amount in percentage terms and they received a free swim.

The school’s fundraising campaign began on May 8, with an assembly in the gym.

Heather Coney, who works for the Grande Prairie office of the Heart and Stroke Foundation, and Robin Alisi, who assisted her with the French language component of the assembly, offered highlights about the school’s involvement with the Jump Rope for Heart event.

She also showed videos of people are thankful to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.


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