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June 08
GreenStone in the Community: Jump Rope for Heart

​Engaging in local activities is one way GreenStone gives back to places where we work and live. Our employees carry out our passion for community engagement through a variety of activities both as GreenStone representatives and as volunteers – we are pleased to tell their stories here. Watch for upcoming stories of how our employees give back in our Open Fields blog! 

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It is alarming each year over 600,000 American men and women die of heart disease. What is even more disheartening, children also suffer from the condition. Jump Rope for Heart is an annual fundraiser held throughout the country benefitting the American Heart Association, where funds specifically go toward helping children with heart-related illnesses. Last month, Dieck Elementary School in Swartz Creek, Michigan hosted a Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser where students celebrated the hard work put into collecting donations throughout the weeks prior. The kids spent the afternoon outside participating in six different activity stations, all focusing on being active and maintaining heart health.

Gina Siegrist, whose daughter attends Dieck Elementary, is a customer service representative at GreenStone’s Lapeer branch. Gina is involved with this event each year, performing tasks like setting up, cleaning up and swinging the jump ropes with her husband at one of the stations.

“I have been volunteering at Jump Rope for Heart for six years and it is always such a fun event,” Gina said. “The kids love being outside, and it is great they are learning about the importance of staying active and keeping healthy.”

GreenStone grants employees time throughout each year to spend volunteering and helping with their kid’s school activities. This is one way GreenStone encourages community involvement through its company culture.

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This year, the students at Dieck Elementary raised over $5,000 for the American Heart Association. While having fun and learning jump roping skills was a great way of spending an afternoon at school, the theme of the day was empowering the kids to act as advocates for their peers with special hearts.

“The kids were happy knowing their fun day outside meant they were helping someone their age battling a heart condition,” Gina said.

While fundraising, the kids learned life-long lessons of working together and contributing to the community welfare. It is humbling when young kids display such empathy, kindness and open-mindedness towards others who they may never meet. Something as large and complex as heart disease can be difficult to comprehend, even for adults, but the students use the fundraiser as a way of celebrating the strength of their peers with special hearts. This is something we can all learn from and applaud.

Source: http://american.heart.org/jump-hoops/ 

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