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Students in Hayward ranks no. 2 in the nation for raising more than $100,000

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Hayward (WQOW) - It may be a small town, but the Hayward school district has a big heart for fundraising and is getting national recognition for its efforts.

More than 800 students from the Hayward Community School District raised just over $100,000 through the Jump Rope for Heart event.

The proceeds go to the American Heart Association. This puts them at second in the nation for raising the most money.

The number one spot is held by a school in New York. This is the district's third year participating in the event. Last year, they raised around $50,000.

Renee Davis, the youth market director for the American Heart Association in Wisconsin, said, "It's huge for, you know, when an average school raises 3-thousand dollars, and some of these schools that raise $3,000 have more kids than what Hayward has in their entire community and that's huge. Every single one of those kids they know why they're doing it. They're not doing it just to be number one. They go to their friends and say, 'You know, can you help pledge for my Jump Rope for Heart? I want to save lives’.”

Dollars raised across the country will go toward continuing heart research and education.

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