There’s a group of students at who literally jump for the chance to support the American Heart Association.
About 20 plus students make up the Jump Rope for Heart Demo Team. The Lincoln Lazers, as they are called, are the only jump rope demo team in the entire state, said Principal Lesa Brinker, something most people in the community may not be aware of.
The team is split into two groups - the Beams and the Lights - and they travel to different schools all over the state performing their high energy and lively jump rope demonstration as a way to promote the Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser event for the American Heart Association. Brinker said the demo team is a legacy of now retired teacher Dean Hoskin.
The team rehearses two times a week and travels once a week during the months of January to April to local schools like Paramus and as far as away as Chattham and Sparta. Brinker said the American Heart Association provides the funding for the bus and for a substitute for Mike Cebulla, who moderates the group, when he is out of the classroom with the team.
Thursday morning the demo team performed for their fellow classmates and parents to help promote next Wednesday’s Jump Rope for Heart event which will take place at both Lincoln and schools.
Before the demonstration began Cebula told all the Lincoln students that about $4,000 was raised through t and it is the school’s goal to raise the same amount this year.
Proudly wearing their green Jump Rope for Heart T-shirts, the team members eagerly took to the floor putting an exciting show for their fellow classmates. The team demonstrated just about every jump rope technique one can think of from double dutch to what is known as a crougar, jumping with one arm hooked underneath one leg.