NILES Students at Howard Elementary School in Niles literally jumped at the change to fight heart disease and stroke, our nation's number one and four killers.
They did it by participating in the school's seventh annual Jump Rope for Heart event.
Last week, students collected donations from the local community for the American Heart Association, where together they raised just under $4,000.
To wrap up the event, the kids who brought in more than $15 got to duct tape their PE teacher Elizabeth Green to the wall. Many of the other teachers pitched in as well.
"This was the best year, and very motivational for the kids," said Green. "I'm glad to see them each year improving and doing more community service and bringing in more and more to help others, to help save lives and fight heart disease."
Awards and medallions were awarded to top donation collectors.
This year that winner was Jawan Wilson, with a total of $260.
The money raised will be used for lifesaving heart and stroke research, as well as educational programs for the community's youth.