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Lac des Bois makes its mark with Jump Rope for Heart

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May 24, 2019 --

The Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada is a charity Ecole Lac des Bois students hold close to their own tickers. In the past seven years, through the Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser, they have generated more than $110,000 for the national organization.

Lac des Bois held its annual Jump Rope for Heart event on Tuesday, May 21 and, as a way to say thank you for such outstanding support, special guest Mia Clement was in attendance. Clement, a Heart and Stroke area fundraising coordinator, handed out top-fundraiser prizes to a pair of this year's participants and also presented Vice Principal Stephanie Coates with a letter of appreciation from Irene Chanin, CEO of the B.C. and Yukon division of the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

The letter said in part: "I'm writing with heartfelt gratitude on behalf of the thousands of British Columbians who have directly benefited from Prince George Lac des Bois School's extraordinary fundraising efforts through the Jump Rope for Heart program.

"This achievement should be a tremendous source of pride for your whole school. Your efforts have positioned Lac des Bois among the leadership schools in Canada

"The dedicated and passionate staff, teachers, students and their parents… help create survivors every day."

Each spring, the entire student population of Lac des Bois (Kindergarten to Grade 7) gets involved in Jump Rope for Heart. The students gather pledges online and in person and then give their skipping ropes a workout on the day of the actual event.

This year alone, Lac des Bois students raised $10,380. Calysta Meletis-MacDowell was recognized as the top online fundraiser, while Paytyn Molendyk was the top cash fundraiser.

Anne Smith, Principal of Lac des Bois, is proud of all the students and thankful for the ongoing support of the community.

"I think it's incredible," she said of topping $100,000 in overall funds raised, and now being considered part of the Heart & Stroke Foundation's 100k club. "The families are so, so generous. This is a very generous school community."