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Panther Post: Century students bring awareness to heart disease

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BY Aarin Galzki

CENTURY SCHOOL PHYSICAL

EDUCATION TEACHER

Century Schools hosted a Jump and Hoops for Heart event from Feb. 9-23 to raise money for the American Heart Association. Here's some of the activities that have already happened.

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On Thursday, Feb. 9, students and staff of Park Rapids Area School District were invited to participate in a Red Out event. The Red Out took place to bring awareness to heart disease. The Century School kicked off their event with a Heart Rally featuring performances by the F-M Acro Teams II and Lites. At the Rally, Student Council members shared some fun heart healthy activities with the audience and encouraged everyone to be a heart hero.

During school and during the girls and boys basketball games Thursday night they honored and remember loved ones by wearing red. Teams, students and community members were all decked out in red. They sold "GO RED" t-shirts and other items at the schools and at the basketball games Thursday night. They also sold raffle tickets for a chance to shoot some free throws at half-time to win prizes. 100 percent of the proceeds from these items go directly to our Midwest American Heart Association. The support was incredible and to see all the red was fabulous. Thank you to everyone who was involved.

On Saturday, Feb. 11, Century Middle School Student Council sponsored their 2nd annual Hoops for Heart 3 on 3 basketball tournament. This tournament was open to any and all students in grade 5-12. They had a total of 24 teams attend this year's event. Teams came from Park Rapids, Wadena, Pequot Lakes, Menahga and Staples.

Cardiovascular disease kills more people in the U.S. than the next five leading causes of death combined, including cancer. This is our school's way of celebrating the lives of family and friends we have lost to this devastating disease while making a difference by helping to save others.

Both Century Elementary and Middle School students received collections envelopes and collected donations for Jump or Hoops for Heart through last week. Also during that time students participated in lessons and events during their physical education classes that teach them the importance of making heart healthy choices.

If you are interested in being a Heart Hero and would like more information on how you can get involved or donate, you may contact Aarin Galzki from the Century Middle School at 237-6313.

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