NORTH OGDEN -- Students at North Ogden Elementary have a lot of heart, and soon the school will have more protection because of it.
Students are raising funds to buy a heart defibrillator for the school to treat anyone who may go into cardiac arrest.
The campaign, called "Buy a Heart to Save a Heart" was started in early February.
Years ago an adult at the school had a heart attack. The defibrillator may have made a huge difference, said Claudene Burke, the Americorp Volunteer Representative at the school.
The school nurse approached Burke with the idea of raising funds to purchase the defibrillator, at a cost of $900 to $1,200.
For the past two weeks, on each Wednesday, students have been encouraged to bring in $1 toward the fundraiser.
In return, the students put their name on a heart and post it on a 12-foot tall heart hanging in the main hall of the school. All the little hearts nearly fill the big heart.
The idea is to completely fill in the big heart, which should be enough money to buy the defibrillator.
"The kids are loving it," Burke said.
The first week they raised $250 and this week she thinks they have raised about $500. If the students keep up their generosity, they will reach their goal by the end of the month.
"It's really cool how we can actually have a machine here to help people who are sick," said third-grader Tess Phoman. "I like my name on the wall."
Sixth-grader Pierce Callister feels confident the school will reach its goal.
He likes the idea of the school being just a little bit safer with the defibrillator on site. He said his science teacher taught at a school where a boy died from a heart problem.
This alarmed him and his classmates and made them want to work that much harder to raise the funds.
Burke likes the idea of having the defibrillator as well because she oversees about 40 adult volunteers, many of them senior citizens.
"What would happen if one of those older people had a heart attack?" she said. "It's just a nice thing to know we would have that."