Community Service & Fitness Projects

Jump Rope for Heart

Students voluntarily participate in the American Heart Association’s Jump Rope for Heart. This BIS event raises money to fight the many forms of coronary heart disease and stroke research programs.

All students will participate in the Jump Rope for Heart event, which consists of 4-6 members on a team.  Taking turns with only one person jumping rope at a time, the team will, hopefully, jump for a total time of one hour.  Now, more than ever, we need to teach our kids the value of physical activity and a heart-healthy lifestyle. Today’s children may be the first generation in history not expected to live as long as their parents. More than 9.2 million children and adolescents are considered overweight.  Physical activity helps control weight and build healthy bones and muscles, helps the mind and promotes learning, increases self-esteem, and reduces anxiety and stress.

The Jump Rope For Heart event takes place in the BIS gym usually during the week of Valentine’s Day.  Your child will jump on one of those days depending on the date for which their teacher signs up.  To jump, all students must have the Jump Rope for Heart permission slip signed and returned to school before the event. Please show your support for our jumpers and donate for this cause when you are asked.  Students qualify for prizes based on the amount of money they raise for the American Heart Association.

Heart Maze

One of the most anticipated events at BIS is the Heart Maze. This activity takes place in February, which is American Heart Month. The Heart Maze is a giant obstacle course where the students act as blood cells making their way through all of the chambers of the heart and throughout the rest of the body. Simulating the continuous blood flow throughout the body, students complete the Heart Maze several times during PE class, which is a great heart-healthy exercise. Also during the week of the Heart Maze, students learn many different facts about the heart and how it functions, as well as ways to maintain a healthy heart throughout the rest of their lives.

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