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Fifth grader raises money for Sandy victims

Westwood Elementary students raised about $700 for Hurricane Sandy relief during an effort dreamed up by a fifth grader.

Tyler Waterson decided he wanted to help after he chose to read about the widespread devastation caused by the hurricane during a non-fiction reading assignment, according to a news release from District 200.

The school helped Waterson develop a "Sock Away Your Extra Change" initiative in which students brought in socks filled with change.

Westwood raised $696 for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund through the campaign, the release said.

The money, which Waterson presented to a Red Cross representative Wednesday, will go to help victims of Hurricane Sandy.

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