CHESTERTOWN - Standing in the school gymnasium Friday, North Warren Central physical education instructor Jeremy Whipple watched several groups of elementary students move, giggle and chatter.
The children jumped rope, skipped through a rope ladder course and jumped to dodge a whirling rope. Laughter and cheerful exclamations filled the gym.
"Activities like this not only promote foot-eye coordination, but they boost aerobic health and promote a healthy, active lifestyle," Whipple said.
The students, among several dozen at the school, were taking part in Jump Rope for Heart, a fundraiser for the American Heart Association.
The event is conducted in schools across the nation to raise money while promoting aerobic fitness and health.
Dozens of North Warren students participated in the event, in which students jump, skip and exercise after collecting donations or pledges from individuals and businesses. The students who exceed set amounts of donations win prizes for their fundraising accomplishments.
Students participating learn about the importance of aerobic fitness and how it curbs heart disease, North Warren Physical Education Instructor Lynn Lewis said Friday.
"This is getting bigger each year," she said. "More kids are choosing to participate and learn about cardio-vascular fitness," she said.
Individuals and businesses who seek to donate may contact the school office at 494-3015.