Dutchtown Primary holds fundraiser

Andy Kling Special to the Citizen

This year's annual Jump Rope for Heart kickoff at Dutchtown Primary School, held Feb. 1, came with a big surprise. Zach Mettenberger, Anthony Johnson, and Jarvis Landry paid a visit to the unsuspecting crowd of over 700 students in the Dutchtown Middle gym. The crowd roared as the athletes were introduced.

All three athletes spoke on the beneifts of a healthy heart, and how cardiovascular fitness has contributed to their success, but Anthony Johnson took it a step further. Speaking to the students how a healthy diet and overall physical fitness can improve mental, physical, and spiritual heath.

Each year Dutchtown Primary raises money for the Heart Fund. Student events like this one raised $69.3 million in 2012. Last year a school record was set, raising over $10,000. To make this year's campaign even more interesting, the PE teachers will allow students to make them into a human sundae if $12,000 can be raised; furthermore, the two male teachers will don red dresses should the online goal of $7,000 be reached. If you would like to help Dutchtown reach its goals, please contact the school office by Feb. 27 for donation information.