Tuesday, November 1, 2011


I am in complete awe of my students, their families, and the community in which we live! 

Goal #1:  200 students participate in our Jump Rope for Heart event         

We had over 250 students participate!

Goal #2:  Raise $10,000 for the American Heart Association

Our AMAZING students raised over $15,000!

THANK YOU to everyone that supported our students and our event!

Check back soon for more information and stats from our event!

Friday, October 21, 2011

You Can Help Us!

Our goal is to raise $10,000 for the American Heart Association!  The more we raise for the AHA, the more we earn in US Games certificates to be used for Physical Education equipment.  We are donating these to Irving and Emerson Elementary Schools in Joplin, MO.

If you'd like to show our students that you support their efforts to help make a difference for those affected by heart disease and stroke AND students in Joplin we'd like to invite you to make a donation to our event, by clicking here . 


Friday, October 14, 2011

Looks Like We Made It!

The AHA media release hit the AP....

FRONT PAGE of the Star Herald !!  Wow!

Check this out from the American Heart Association webpage !!

We've made it into the Rapid City Journal!


Check it out!  (Or maybe that's how you found us here!)  Either way, great exposure for our kids and the great things they are doing for Jump Rope for Heart, the AHA and for Irving and Emerson Elementary Schools!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Joplin -- Irving and Emerson Elementary Schools

Joplin, Missouri

Irving Elementary School
Emerson Elementary

Mrs. Susan Flowers teaches about 450 K-5 students Physical Education at Irving and Emerson Elementary Schools in Joplin, MO.  This year we are donating our US Games gift certificates to Mrs. Flowers and her students.  Even though it's only a drop in the bucket compared to what they need, my wish is that our Chadron students continue to learn that each one of them is able to make a difference in somebody's life -- if they choose to do so!  They are so inspiring!  My hope is that Mrs. Flowers and her students can feel in their hearts that we are with them in spirit as they continue their journey in rebuilding their schools.

Friday, October 7, 2011

2011-12 JRFH Video

Jump'N for Joplin Shirts

What do you think of our "event T-shirt" ?!

This year is an extra special event because we have decided to donate the US Games gift certificates (to be used for physical education equipment) that Chadron Schools earn to Irving and Emerson Elementary Schools in Joplin, Missouri.  These two school buildings were destroyed in the devastating EF-5 tornado that hit Joplin on May 22, 2011.  There is a quote on the shirt by Quinton Anderson, a senior at Joplin High School:  "Always take that extra step."  On August 17, Quinton walked into the new Joplin High School (which is the old Shopko building - transformed - at the mall). This was a miracle because, after being hit by the tornado, he spent more than five weeks in the hospital. Quinton lost both of his parents and his two dogs. For three days, nobody knew if he was alive. Quinton’s story, and his spirit of resilience, inspired a community that is recovering from devastation. 

The plan is to collect a $10 donation for each shirt.  ALL proceeds will be divided between the American Heart Association and the Joplin Schools.  The t-shirts must be ordered by October 11, in order to have them here for our event on October 26.  If you would like to order a shirt (or shirts!) please contact Mrs. Rischling ASAP by calling 432-8910 or email at linda.rischling@chadronschools.netHow amazing will our event picture be with all the participants wearing this t-shirt?!!

Thank you for supporting our kids in Jump Rope for Heart AND for helping teach our kids to take action and show we care -- not just feel sorry -- for those struck by tragedy. 

We are cheering on the kids, teachers, and families of Irving and Emerson Elementary Schools in Joplin.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Getting Ready!

One of our Heart Ambassadors, Trevor Berry, having fun at JRFH!

 We are gearing up for our 2011-12 JRFH event for the American Heart Association! 

We are very excited to be part of such an important event and this opportunity to help others that have been affected by heart disease or stroke! Last year we had a record 166 students participate in raising funds and, equally important, awareness for the American Heart Association. 

We want to take a moment to especially thank family, friends, and our community for supporting our students' participation in this event.  Our 2010-11 Chadron Elementary students were the TOP fundraising Jump Rope For Heart event in the Central/Western Nebraska region! Congratulations to our kids and many, many thanks to all those supporting us!