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Young students focus on heart health

Krystle Wagner • Feb 11, 2019 at 7:00 AM

ROBINSON TWP. — As students hula-hooped, others worked to keep balloons floating in the air.

Throughout physical education class on Monday, Robinson Elementary School students participated in several stations as they participated in the Kids Heart Challenge. The goal is to teach students about their hearts, how to be healthy and how to help others, said physical education teacher Laura Thompson.

Robinson students are among some of the Grand Haven Area Public Schools students participating in the challenge, which is through the American Heart Association.

The 2019 challenge is tie-dye themed as a reminder for children to eat fruits and vegetables. Students also have the option to raise money for the American Heart Association, Thompson said.

The school’s Fuel Up to Play 60 student team helped prepare letters to send out to parents, and they created signs to promote the challenge. T-shirts were also turned into jump ropes to be given away as prizes, Thompson said.

As the students rotated throughout the stations, kindergartner Aubree Barringer said she liked the activities and learning how to get her heart healthy.

“It’s fun,” she said.

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