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Boyden Students Jump at Chance to Raise Money for American Heart Association

Over the past seven years Boyden School students have raised close to $23,000.

Students and faculty at Boyden School jumped at the chance to raise money for the American Heart Association Friday afternoon.

In the seventh year of the school participating in AHA's Jump Rope for Heart initiative students helped raise about $1,200. In total they have raised close to $23,000 during the seven years.

Each classroom had two representatives who were finalists in the big jump-off.

Nearly 50 students from all grades at the school jumped rope until the last person was standing while their classmates cheered them on.

This year, however, there were two students who leaped above the rest. Abby Duffy, 10, in fifth grade and Patrick Flynn, 10, in fourth grade were named co-champions after both seemed like they would still be jumping in the gym if given the chance.

After the students it was the faculty's turn. First grade teacher Jill Thomson lasted the longest and won the coveted "silver jump rope."

Phys. Ed. teacher Mike Colardo said the event is a great way to promote exercise and heart health.

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