GOOSE LAKE — Northeast Elementary School students jumped rope and played basketball last week to benefit the American Heart Association raising more than $8,000 in the process.

The kids participated in Jump Rope For Heart, which promotes the value of physical activity to elementary school children while showing them they can contribute to their community's welfare. By jumping rope and securing sponsors, students raise money for the fight against heart disease and stroke while learning about the seriousness of heart disease and stroke, the lifelong benefits of physical activity and the importance of living a heart-healthy lifestyle.

“We did this as a community service project so the kids could learn how to make money to help other people,” said Physical Education Teacher Teri Howe.

Second- through sixth-graders from 11 classrooms participated in the event that took place during their physical education classes on March 20 and 21. Howe said students came to the gymnasium and participated in different activities at several stations for 60 to 90 minutes. Two years ago, Northeast Elementary students raised $6,000 for the American Heart Association.

This year’s goal was $7,000. The kids bypassed that goal and raised a total of $8,812.76.

“They did great, I was really impressed. They went above and beyond,” said Howe. “And it’s a real tribute to our community to have donated all that money.”