Created: 02/13/2014 5:40 PM WHEC.com
Some young students in Brighton got the jump ropes out Thursday, trying to become number one in the nation again, all while raising awareness for heart health.
Students at French Road Elementary School spent the afternoon jumping rope to benefit the American Heart Association.
One girl told News10NBC that she was jumping rope in honor of her grandfather who suffers from heart problems.
Rebekah Goodman, third grader, said, “I really want to do this because it'll make my grandpa feel better and I think it'll make other people with these diseases, make them feel better, might make them feel good, it might make them feel like they should never give up on anything.”
The school has held the top fundraising spot in the country for the last 15 years. This year, they're hoping to make it to the sweet 16. Last year, the students raised more than $97,000, all of it going toward life-saving research. This year, they're hoping to break the hundred thousand mark.