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Carter Jenniskens, age 8, a Grade 2 student at Sacred Heart school in Port Lambton, gets some serious air while taking part in the Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser. The school raised $9,200, the third highest school total in Ontario.

The students at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Port Lambton jumped at the opportunity to take part in Jump Rope for Heart this year, as they had a buddy to support.

The school raised an estimated $9,200 – the third highest total in the province and seventh in the nation.

Grade 5 student Seth Nottley is in hospital in Toronto recovering from a cardiac arrest, which occurred on the playground at school. He continues to make good progress after his most recent surgery, as he continues to heal and recover.

“We’re keeping Seth and his family in our prayers,” Courtney Mellow, school principal, said in a media release. “We can’t wait until he’s back with us at school.”

Mellow said students and teachers took great interest in the event this year.

“It was an awesome event,” she said. “Our students, our staff and our entire community really turned out to support us this year, because we were doing it for Seth. He has inspired us to go all the way.”

Money raised during the Jump Rope for Heart event will be donated to the Ontario Heart & Stroke Association, which also plans to include Nottley as a focus of their 2022 development strategy for Jump Rope for Heart.

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