TKA Elementary Students Are True Heart Heroes

(West Palm Beach, FL) – Elementary students at The King’s Academy participated in the “Jump Rope for Heart” challenge sponsored by the American Heart Association. This is the school’s sixth year participating in the challenge. They have been the top fundraising private school in Palm Beach County for the third straight year, raising more than $24,048. Third graders Ava Rupolo and Lauren Swail were the school’s top student fundraisers raising $2001.43 and $1010.35 respectively. Classroom teachers joined the challenge and were encouraged to incorporate Heart Healthy Choices across their curriculum.

“Jump Rope for Heart” is a school event that teaches students how to maintain a healthy heart by being active while raising funds to combat heart disease. Throughout the week, students jumped rope during physical education classes and were rewarded for making heart character choices like being kind, helping out a friend, and being ready to listen. King’s students rose to the challenge and are true heart heroes!

King’s Elementary Physical Education Director Mrs. Sandy Erneston believes the Jump Rope for Heart is a great blend of activity, education, and community service. “This program is about being healthy and fit,” said Erneston. “It’s also about raising donations to fund research teams and doctors who perform miracles every day for children with sick hearts. The King’s Academy and its students feel blessed to be part of it.”

“We love that our students get involved by giving, instead of getting. Our students have really grasped the idea behind it,” said Adam Miller, the school’s elementary principal. “They are the true heart heroes!”

February is nationally recognized as American Heart Month.

The King’s Academy is a National Blue Ribbon School for Excellence in Education.  The private Christian school, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, serves approximately 1,500 students from preschool through twelfth grade and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Association of Christian Schools International, and the Florida Association of Christian Colleges and Schools. The King’s Academy serves students and their families across Palm Beach County at its main campus at Belvedere Road and Sansbury’s Way in West Palm Beach and its satellite preschool campuses in Greenacres, Loxahatchee/Wellington, Palm Beach Gardens, Boynton Beach, and Royal Palm Beach. More information about The King’s Academy is available online at