Osoyoos Elementary School students had a number of goals in mind when they stepped out into the bright sunshine Friday afternoon with skipping ropes in hand.
The first was to spend about an hour jumping rope; the second to raise money for the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation.
The third? Well, we’ll get to the third in a minute.
“They’re having fun!,” said Julie Dias, a Grade 2 teacher at the school and the organizer of the Jump Rope for Heart celebration.”
The afternoon activity capped off a week of coin collecting, the students, teachers and parents bringing along a different denomination of coin each day.
“Every day of the week, we had a different coin,” explained Ms. Dias. “Monday was five cents, Tuesday was ten, Wednesday quarters, Thursday loonies and Toonies today.
“We also had a few students who did pledges around Town.”
The school set a fundraising goal of $2,000 and it came with a particularly satisfying reward — one the young students would be sure to enjoy.
“There was a challenge put out by me,” said Ms. Dias. “If the school could raise $2,000, I’d take 20 cream pies to the face.”
Monday, after the coins are counted — and likely after some enterprising parents show up to put the count over the top — Ms. Dias will learn if she’ll be the cream pie-firing line.
“I think they’re close,” she laughs. “I think I will be getting pies to the face.”