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