Tips for Success
If you're not sure where to start, or if you're looking for help to make your program run smoothly; check out these tips from veteran coordinators on what makes their Jump Rope For Heart programs special.
Jeanne Fifer, Florida
- Partner with a language arts teacher and have the students write official business letters to area businesses, requesting that they assist their local school in raising funds for education and research in heart disease. They will learn how to write a business letter and how to request a response. They should also find the name of the appropriate person to address the letter. (Good for grades 5-12)
- Create teams of six students for your Jump event and take their pictures. Post a picture of them and a thermometer of funds collected, as they are turned in. Or add a link to a jump rope for every specific amount that they raise. This visual should be posted throughout the school, so that all can see."
Joanie LePage, Pennsylvania
- Put up a bulletin board where most of the school can see it. By the main entrance is a great place. Include the date/time of your event and any other information you think the school should know. When parents come into the school they will see the board. I have mine by the main office. I have used the extra JRFH stickers as the border for the board. I also put up a board in my gym and refer to it throughout our Jump unit. That board is titled "Which Heart Would You Choose". This board has a big heart on it .........1/2 red.........1/2 black for healthy and unhealthy. We discuss the things people do to their heart by the pictures I put up on the board. You can check the bulletin boards out on P.E. Central Bulletin Board site."
Lois Carnes, Ohio
- Tell your students about the opportunity to obtain matching donations. Many companies will double employee donations to charitable organizations. Ask you American Heart Association Youth Market Representative for a list of companies in your area that have matching donations so that you can pass this information on to your students.
- Search for local sponsors for your event who can provide nutritious snacks for your students or other incentives. Many national chains have provisions to provide donations to support local events.
- Use last year's top student donator as an Ambassador for Jump Rope for Heart or Hoops for Heart in your event. This student can tell of his or her experiences and keys to success in a kick-off assembly or event information.
- Use the "Fifty Dollars Saves a Life" as a goal setting plan. The American Heart Association can train a person in CPR for $50. A school can use this formula to compute how many persons are "saved" by the total school donations.
- Have your students collect donations "In Memory" or "In Honor"20 of someone who has had a heart attack or stroke.
- Ask your students to make Jump or Hoop posters to place around the school or gym. These posters will be reminders to them to seek our donations.
- When sending home the Jump Rope for Heart information letter, begin to spend more time on jumping skills in class. Encourage your students to "prepare" for their upcoming event."
Paula Shelden, Missouri
- My very favorite tip for Jump Rope For Heart is a kick-off before or during the Jump Rope for Heart event. The school staff and every student jump at the same time for 20 minutes. Every student and staff member writes a name on a paper heart of the person he/she is jumping in honor of. We put all the hearts on a bulletin board. This event always brings enthusiasm for our JRFH event!
Gina Parker, Illinois
- Start planning the next event as soon as the last is over.
- Take notes on what worked and what needs to be improved for the next year.
- Utilize parents and other volunteers but always send a thank you from you or have the students make them.
- Use student council to make homemade JRFH posters.
- Never throw an idea out. It can be revised into a new idea.
- Utilize all of the stores and local restaurants in town for extra prizes.
- Use the PTA, PTO, PTSA to your full advantage ask them how they think they can help and have a list of ideas ready.
- Advertise at your open house night at the beginning of the school year with what the events will be info about heart disease and the dates of the events.