Gavin Krahn uses the hoop to jump through, rather than to rotate around his body.  PHOTOS BY DAVID PHILLIPS/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
Gavin Krahn uses the hoop to jump through, rather than to rotate around his body. PHOTOS BY DAVID PHILLIPS/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE
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Kingsland elementary and middle school students kept busy with hoops, jump ropes and just moving around during the annual Hoops for Heart/Jump Rope for Heart at the schools Friday.

Physical education teacher Andrew Pederson, who organized the activities, said that between donations from the middle and elementary schools, a total of $6,000 was raised for the American Heart Association. Pederson started the activity three years ago and each year donations have surpassed the previous year.

The activity isn't just to support the American Heart Association. The students also got their hearts working with several stations of strenuous activity that help them experience the fun of physical activity and develop good habits to strengthen their own hearts.

The stations included jump roping individually and in groups, hula hoops, team races and coordinated jumping on colored dots.

"I couldn't be more proud of the students who raised all of the money," said Pederson. "It was a fun day."