Robin Kish, a Physical Education teacher at St. Benedict’s Episcopal Day School, has been named the 2012 Outstanding Jump Rope for Heart Coordinator of the Year by the American Heart Association.
Each year, the Jump Rope for Heart Coordinator Award honors individuals that have made significant contributions to the Jump Rope for Heart program. The award recipient is chosen from more than 40,000 participating schools.
With the dedication, passion and leadership from Coach Kish and her team, the participating 143 St. Benedict's students earned $27,011.46 for the American Heart Association—more than double what the school earned in 2011.
In only her second year of organizing the Jump Rope for Heart event for St. Benedict's Episcopal Day School, she has created an event that has become part of the culture of the small school located in Smyrna, GA. St. Benedict's is now a model school for the Jump Rope for Heart program.
St. Benedict's Episcopal Day School has also been recognized as the fifth highest fundraising school for the Jump Rope for Heart program in the state of Georgia by the Georgia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. In addition, the school was named as the highest earning independent school in Cobb County for the Jump Rope for Heart program.
“I am honored to have been recognized by the American Heart Association as the top coordinator for the Jump Rope for Heart program for 2012. My commitment to the health and total well-being of young children is at the heart of my dedication to the Jump Rope for Heart program and the American Heart Association." said Kish.
"This honor was possible because of the support of my Jump Rope for Heart team, our school community and the students at St. Benedict's. The enthusiasm for this program has led to the formation of a St. Benedict's student Jump Rope for Heart Demo Team, and I am thrilled to be a voice for this program throughout the entire school year,” she added.
Edward V. England, Headmaster of St. Benedict's Episcopal Day School, stated, "Robin is an outstanding educator. We have recognized this for years, and it is wonderful that she has achieved this national recognition."