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Skipping class at Liberty Ridge ... for a good cause (W/VIDEO)

The entire first grade class took its turn skipping rope Friday during the Jump Rope for Heart event at Liberty Ridge.2 / 3
Liberty Ridge first graders gave the long rope a turn during their hour.3 / 3

It was all about heart last week at Liberty Ridge Elementary.

Students and staff there participated Friday, Feb. 24, in the annual Jump Rope for Heart event. The all-day event raises money for the American Heart Association.

And the kids have more than a little fun along the way while they jumped rope.

"It's a lot of fun to see the creativity, the athleticism," said Mike Moore, principal at Liberty Ridge.

Every Liberty Ridge student in grades 1 through 5 participated in the event, which Moore said raises thousands of dollars each year at the school.

During the all-day event, students gathered as a grade in the gym, where they skipped rope for an hour.

The fact that entire grades are brought together in the gymnasium helps foster a greater sense of community at the school, he said.

Moore said for many students and parents, the cause is personal - and generates some extra effort.

"People have been affected by heart disease issues," he said.

In all, about 750 students at Liberty Ridge participated in the event.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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