Many of us have been holding JRFH/HFH events for years at our schools, and are facing the difficult situation of having to explain to our parents and families why this year will be different. Feel free to use the letter below to help make this task a bit easier. Of course, feel free to edit the letter as you see fit to make it fit your needs.

January 14, 2019

Dear Parents & Families;

For nearly 40 years, the American Heart Association (AHA) has partnered with the Society for Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America) to support the annual Jump Rope/Hoops for Heart programs in gymnasiums all around the country – including ours! Over the many years we participated in this program, our school has raised thousands of dollars and celebrated the importance of physical activity in the fight against heart disease.

We are sad to announce that this partnership was officially dissolved this past summer, meaning the Jump Rope/Hoops for Heart program no longer exists. We are proud to have been a part of this partnership for so many years, and for all of the money and awareness that our students have raised within our community.

Rest assured that our physical education program will continue to focus on the importance of healthy hearts through exercise, nutrition, and tobacco avoidance. We will also continue to focus on giving back to our community through fun events that celebrate movement and challenge.

As a matter of fact, we will be celebrating physical education in a BIG way, all across the state in just a few months! Stay tuned for more information about our school’s participation in the SHAPE Up 4 Break Up challenge the weekend of March 30th!  We will be celebrating healthy lifestyles through physical education and physical activity, and raising money to make our students, and our PE program, even stronger!

Until then, thank you for your continued support! As always, if you have any questions or suggestions about health and physical education at our school, please contact me.

Actively yours,