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Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Woodrow Wilson Elementary School children run during their jog-a-thon in Salt Lake City, Friday, June 1, 2012. The event was in conjunction with Heifer International to raise money to buy livestock gifts for economically developing nations.

SOUTH SALT LAKE — Students at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School took part in a jog-a-thon Friday to help raise money to buy livestock for economically developing nations.

The jog-a-thon was in conjunction with Heifer International, a global nonprofit humanitarian assistance organization working to help end hunger and poverty. It provides living gifts of area-appropriate livestock and training in environmentally sound agricultural practices to families in need to help lift themselves out of poverty to become self-reliant.

The kids started running at 9 a.m. They ran a 3K marathon, from the school at 2567 S. Main Street to the Pal Boxing Center on 2825 S. 200 East. 

Students jogged to earn credits to buy the gifts.