Dutchtown Primary School kicked off its annual Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser with a surprise visit from three LSU football players.

Zach Mettenberger, Anthony Johnson and Jarvis Landry spoke on the benefits of a healthy heart, and how cardiovascular fitness has contributed to their success, teacher Andy Kling said. Johnson took it a step further. He talked about how a healthy diet and overall physical fitness can improve mental, physical and spiritual heath.

Each year Dutchtown Primary raises money for the American Heart Association through its Jump Rope for Heart. Last year, the school set a school record, raising more than $10,000.

To make this year’s campaign even more interesting, the physical education teachers will allow students to make them into a human sundae if $12,000 is raised and two male teachers will don red dresses should the online goal of $7,000 be reached, Kling said.

The drive ends Feb. 27.

For information or to donate, call the school at (225) 391-7850.