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.

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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.