Jump Rope for Heart

Jump Rope For Heart (JRFH) is a national education and fundraising program jointly sponsored by SHAPE America and the American Heart Association. Approximately 24,000 schools take part every year. The event engages elementary school students with jumping rope while empowering them to improve their health and help other kids with heart-health issues.


Now retired Pleasant Ridge PE teacher, Dr. David Jones coordinated the first ever Jump Rope for Heart in the 1988-89 school year and continued to run the event until the school's cumulative fundraising reached $1,000,000 in the 2015-2016 school year. It’s only the second school nationwide in the history of the program to do that. Click here to view WGN TV’s coverage of Pleasant Ridge’s milestone event.