Dutchtown Primary School students gathered April 16 to celebrate the school’s more than $27,000 donation to the American Heart Association.

The money was raised during the school’s Jump Rope for Heart event in February.

Last year, the students raised more than $16,000 and set a 2014 goal of $20,000.

The Dutchtown physical education teachers set incentives for reaching small goals along the way. An online goal of $10,000 would allow students a “free dress day” for an entire week.

“The PE teachers set a second challenge of $15,000 online to receive a ‘Dress like a Superhero Day.’ They did it,” teacher Kathleen Guedry said.

Feb. 14 was the Jump Rope for Heart event. During their PE classes, students jumped in creative stations around the front of school while the music played.

By March, all the online totals were printed and the cash envelopes returned.

Students were rewarded with a teacher vs. student Wii dance competition and assembly on April 16.

Special recognition was given to first-grade teacher Colly Bellina’s class for raising the most money in the school for the American Heart Association. They received a banner for their room, a trophy and a party.

Students Jake and Sarah Deal were for honored for each raising $2,500.