Kindergarten and first grade students at Rush Elementary School in Tamaqua, are jumping at the chance to fight heart disease and stroke, our nation's number one and number four killers.

Rush Elementary will host its first annual Jump Rope For Heart event to raise money for the American Heart Association on Tuesday, Feb. 26. The AHA funds lifesaving heart and stroke research and community and educational programs for youth.

Coordinator and first grade teacher, Kailee Fowler says, "By raising money through Jump Rope For Heart, we are preventing heart disease and obesity for the next generation of Americans. Kids are literally jumping into a heart healthier life while becoming passionate about raising money for other kids with sick hearts."