Johnson Elementary School students jump rope for heart health

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va (WDTV) - Students at Johnson Elementary School spent part of their morning jumping rope for a good cause.

About 600 students took part in the Jump Rope for Heart to benefit the American Heart Association. Last year, they raised more than $14,000, which made them the top team in the state. In year's past, they've come close as well and the goal for this year is to be the top school again.

One of the reasons they participate is to learn the importance of being physical and eating right.

"Last year we raised over $14,000 for the American Heart Association," said Kim Lewis, a physical education teacher. "Out of the 13 years that I have been here, we have raised over $100,000 for the American Heart Association."

They also learn all about having healthy hearts and getting plenty of exercise.