Williston jumps into top spot for sixth straight year12/4/08

Dec. 4, 2008

By Tim Simard

Observer staff

For the sixth year in a row, the Williston School District raised more money than any other in Vermont during last spring’s Jump Rope for Heart event, which benefited the American Heart Association.


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Meghan Walker (from left) Eve Wilson and Madeleine Serafini skip rope during the Jump for Heart event, held at Allen Brook School in March. Williston schools were recognized this month for raising more money than any other schools in the state.

And inspiring a real jump for joy was the news that Allen Brook School brought in enough donations to make the top 10 for participating Northeast schools.

Williston schools raised $23,273 for the American Heart Association during the event, the most they, or any school in Vermont, has ever collected. The district received awards from the organization this month.

Lyn Porter, a physical educator at Allen Brook School, was surprised and “extremely happy” at the amount of money raised. In recent years, Williston collected $18,000 to $21,000 during Jump Rope for Heart.

“When we told (students) this, they literally raised the roof off the building,” Porter said.

The Jump Rope for Heart event took place in March, with more than 400 students from Williston Central and Allen Brook schools participating. Students formed teams where at least one member jumped rope during a continuous three-hour period in the Allen Brook gymnasium.

Williston Central School was the top fundraiser for the American Heart Association’s division one schools in Vermont, raising $7,213. Allen Brook was the top fundraiser for the state’s division two schools with $16,060. Divisions are based on student population.

Allen Brook School also placed ninth among the American Heart Association’s Northeast Affiliate schools, which hail from New England and New York. Porter said this is the first time any Vermont school has placed in the top 10.

Porter said the American Heart Association is an important organization to donate to and loves that Williston is always number one in fundraising for the event.

“It’s an easy organization to give to — they do such good work,” Porter said.

The next Jump Rope for Heart event is scheduled for March 27, 2009. All students in grades one through eight will be able to sign up as the date approaches.