Cumberland Elementary School students participated in the Jump Rope for Heart held this spring. This year marks the 23rd year that CES has taken part in the program. Students and staff members raised a total of $7,720 to donate to the American Heart Association.
Jump Rope for Heart is a special program that raises funds for the fight against heart disease and stroke. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), heart disease is the nation’s number one killer, putting both adults and children at risk. The funds donated to the AHA are geared toward research to discover new treatments.
According to Mrs. Glenda Grubbs, physical education teacher at CES, Jump Rope for Heart is part of the year-long physical education program whereby students acquire jump rope skills while learning about heart health and the importance of combining good nutrition with physical activity to live longer, healthier lives. This is in keeping with AHA guidelines that students receive instruction in physical education and wellness. Moreover, Jump Rope for Heart is used as a community service project.
This year, CES donated its funds in honor of Teriah Scott, a 6th grader at Cumberland Middle School. Teriah was a victim of osteosarcoma cancer and lost her right leg below the knee. During the treatment of that devastating disease, she succumbed to heart failure (a known side effect of certain chemotherapy drugs). Doctors were struggling to find a way support life while waiting for a heart to become available for transplantation. Miraculously, a heart became available from Florida that matched Teriah’s needs after being on the heart transplant list for one day. Another family, dealing with the death of their own child, chose to give hope to another family by donating their child’s heart to help another child live. Within one year Teriah has successfully beaten the odds by winning her battle with cancer and surviving heart transplant.
According to Mrs. Grubbs, CES’s partnership with the AHA and their Jump Rope for Heart program has raised $105,000.00 over the past 23 years. As Mrs. Grubbs noted, “The community support of this endeavor continues to warm our own hearts at Cumberland Elementary School. These donations assist children like Teriah Scott.”
The highest fundraisers include the following: Second graders—Natalie Sullivan, $355 (highest overall); Shawn Barden, $250; Taylor Shores, $227; Kendall Wilson, $145; and Samantha Price, $130. Third graders—Kristein Jamerson, $250; Earle Parrish, $235; Somer Sweitzer, $155; Anthony Price, $130; Bella Johnson, $120; KenDel Smith, $110; Dawson Lewis, $110; and DeMacieo Lewis, $105. Fourth graders—Dakota Hopper, $306; Christian Adams, $214; Makayla Fields, $200; Cheyenne Crenshaw, $200; Taylor Hughes, $110; and Addison Meinhard, $100.
Top: Teriah Scott poses with proud mom Terri Scott.
Bottom: Some of the highest fundraisers included the following: FRONT ROW: Samara Long and Shaiann Allen. MIDDLE ROW: Cheyann Crenshaw, JaShaun Liggon, and Natalie Sullivan. BACK ROW: Samantha price, Makayla Fields, Allie Hurt, Lydia Hurt, and DaColby Harris.
Coach Brian Boland, of the University of Virginia (UVA) Men’s tennis, and QuickStart Tennis of Central Virginia extended a special invitation to Cumberland County Elementary School students to attend a UVa tennis match held at the Boar’s Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Virginia on March 27, 2015. Twenty-one third grade students and 8 adults were able to watch both the women’s and men’s teams to witness college-level tennis play. The two teams played simultaneously in the stadium, first completing the doubles matches, followed by the singles matches. CavMan, the UVA mascot, treated students to a surprise visit and took pictures with the students. The players also took a few minutes to have an informal autograph session between matches. The girls had an opportunity to meet Taylor Wingo and Marie-Ambroisine Faure (from France). Everyone was able to chat with the 2013 ACC Male Athlete of the Year as well as UVA graduate and men’s tennis standout Jarmere Jenkins, who was willing to sign an autograph for each student. UVa Sports Promotion provided the students with CavMan’s crew t-shirts, UVA tennis team posters, and drawstring bags containing bio cards of current tennis team members.
All students at Cumberland High School are invited to attend this event and encouraged to bring a parent, guardian, or grandparent and make it a special evening. The program promotes and supports a community of learners through academic and enrichment opportunities for both students and their families. The evening will focus on the family, resources available to the community, and becoming “Motivated for Life.” Please read the attached flyer for more details of the evening's events.