GALESBURG, Mich. (WOOD) — The American Heart Association recently honored one West Michigan first grader after they raised thousands of dollars for the organization.

Colton Gale, a first-grader at Galesburg-Augusta Primary School, raised over $2,000 for the AHA earlier this month. Colton was honored as a “Heart Hero” during a ceremony at the school.

The fundraising was done through AHA’s Kids Heart Challenge and Colton was the first student at the school to cross the $1,000 mark. But Colton didn’t stop there.

The first grader joined two of his classmates in hitting that benchmark, but shortly thereafter, Colton continued fundraising and more than doubled it.

“As far as I know, Colton is the top fundraiser in Southwest Michigan,” Jason Kane, AHA’s school engagement director said. “That is a super achievement, he should be really really proud about it.”

The Kids Heart Challenge allows students to learn more about both the brain and heart as well as ways to help those who suffer from complications.

If you would like to learn more about how to help raise money for the AHA, click here.