EJR takes on the Kids Heart Challenge

Students and staff at EJR participated in the Kids Heart Challenge, an event sponsored by the American Heart Association where students learn about their heart with physical activity while helping others and raising money for the organization.

Elementary student dressed in pink shirt jumps rope in the gym.
Students performed heart-healthy activities including jumping rope for the American Heart Association’s Kids Heart Challenge.

Organized by EJR physical education teachers Chris Curnan and Barbara Hostetter, the students ask family members for donations to the cause while they learn about heart-healthy activities, like jumping rope, long jump, volleyball and scooters.

EJR families raised nearly $7,000 for the American Heart Association.

Small kindergarten boy takes part in an obstacle course, climbing over a large gray barrel-type structure while an older elementary student helps him.
The obstacle course was a favorite for many students. The younger students were helped by older ones.

It culminates in a noisy, joyful bash, with music and students having a great time being active and healthy. The older students helped their younger buddies with many of the activities, showing them how to jump rope and get through a very cool obstacle course.

The event is a learning experience for the students, who get a better understanding about their health and wellness. And it’s fun. 

“Today is a celebration,” said Curnan.

Two fifth-grade girls bounce on bright blue, large rubber bouncing balls.


Pine Bush Central School District
State Route 302, Pine Bush, NY 12566
Phone: (845) 744-2031
Fax: (845) 744-6189
Tim O. Mains
Superintendent of Schools
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