SHERMAN, Texas (KTEN) — The youngsters at Fairview Elementary School in Sherman took part in a rope-jumping event Thursday to benefit the American Heart Association.

The Kids Heart Challenge lets kids to have fun with their friends and families.

"This is the 44th year that the Heart Association teaches kids jump rope tricks," said physical education teacher Mike Gillum. "They collect money to do research and help new education."

For kids like Addyson Chapman, the event combines a hobby, a great cause, and her family.

"It's very fun," she said. "Sometimes you can be nervous because sometimes you feel better without them here, but when people come you just get nervous and you have to keep going."

Fairview Elementary has so far raised $4,486 during this year's challenge.

"We have been one of the best schools in Texas; just Fairview alone has raised right at $330,000," Gillium boasted.

The school's goal is to raise at least $5,000.