Jordan Creek PE Teacher is Feeling Ducky

jc-duck3Jordan Creek physical education teacher Luis Suarez does a lot to make his classes fun for students. One thing he never though he would do? Dress up as a duck.

For the past three weeks students in Suarez classes have been working on rope jumping skills to raise money for the American Heart Association in the school’s annual Jump Rope for Heart/Hoops for Heart service project.  Students participated in challenges like 100, 250 or 500 jumps without a miss, long rope challenges and partner tricks.  Students in fifth and sixth grade also played 3-on-3 basketball to raise money in the Hoops for Heart program.

The idea to dress up as a duck for a day came about when one of the incentives students could earn through the fundraiser were various rubber duckies. Suarez set a fundraising goal of $10,000 and told students if they hit that goal, he would show up to school quacking. Students not only hit the goal, but surpassed it and sent Suarez on the hunt for a duck suit.

The Jump Rope for Heart program is special to Jordan Creek because, in the past, students at the school have received support from the American Heart Association.

The program is a perfect way for students to directly help those with heart disease as well as work to strengthen their own hearts.  With obesity and health concerns on the rise, combining movement with learning improves cardiovascular fitness as well as brain function.