Event teaches pupils value of cardiovascular fitness

NEIGHBORS

January 28, 2000|By Donna Abel | Donna Abel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

PUPILS AT Mount Airy Elementary are again gearing up for the fight against Carroll County's No. 1 killer -- heart disease.

This year, the school's annual Jump Rope for Heart event will be held from 3: 15 p.m. to 4: 45 p.m. Feb. 23.

Jump Rope for Heart is a fitness and educational program that provides third- through fifth-graders the opportunity to learn about the value of cardiovascular fitness. It emphasizes the importance of physical activity as children do something they enjoy -- jumping rope.

Proceeds from the event will help fund research into heart and blood vessel diseases. The funds also support the development of educational materials to teach the public about the importance of heart health and staying fit.

This event helps to develop a spirit of volunteering in pupils while they try to raise money for the American Heart Association's continued fight against heart disease and stroke.

In short, the kids in our community are joining in the fight against cardiovascular diseases and stroke, our nation's No. 1 cause of death and disability.

Jump Rope for Heart is sponsored by the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, in cooperation with the state association, the Maryland Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

Mount Airy Elementary hopes people will support this worthy cause by encouraging their children to participate, as well as by sponsoring those pupils who will be jumping rope Feb. 23.

In addition to supporting research for heart diseases, the children can earn prizes based on the amount of the contributions collected.

Information: Beth Bryant or Matt Wachter, physical education instructors at Mount Airy Elementary, 410-751-3450 or 301-829-1515.

Baseball 2000 registration

Spring registration for Baseball 2000 is under way at Twin Ridge Elementary School, 1106 Leafy Hollow Circle, Mount Airy. Registration for Four County Little League Baseball will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Feb. 9, 16 and 23 in the school lobby.

Registration will be accepted for boys and girls ages 4 to 16. The following registration fees apply: $35 for T-ball (ages 4 to 6), $45 for Rookies (ages 6 to 8), $50 for Minor/Major levels (ages 9 to 12), $50 for Softball (ages 9 to 12), and $60 for Junior/Senior levels (ages 13 to 16).

Information: 301-829-8185.

Senior tax assistance

Mount Airy Senior Center, 703 Ridge Ave., will offer income tax assistance at the center starting Wednesday and continuing weekly until tax time.

Assistance will be provided by American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) personnel who are well trained and qualified in assisting seniors. All information will be kept confidential. This tax assistance is free and for seniors only. Appointments must be made in advance.

Services provided by AARP will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays for those who are married and have an income of $55,000 or less. Assistance offered by VITA personnel will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays.

To make an appointment: Mount Airy Senior Center at 301-829-2407 or 410-795-1017.

Donna Abel's Southwest Neighbors column appears each Friday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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