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RHS Goes Red for the American Heart Association

February is American Heart Month, and these local students are doing something special to create awareness.

February is American Heart Month, and students at Riverview High School are hosting a special event to promote awareness and school spirit.

On Friday, Feb. 8, students will be holding a "Red Out" event during the Varsity Boys' basketball game against Springdale.

Senior class officers and the student council teamed up to plan the event. They have been selling red T-Shirts from the American Heart Association for $10 to raise money for the organization. Anyone who buys a shirt can get into the game for free.

Erin Lauff, senior class officer, said the school has held a blood drive in the past, but students wanted to do something more inclusive.

Anthony Malky, senior class officer, agreed.

"I think this is better than the blood drive," he said. "Everyone can contribute, even students in the junior high. We're raising money and getting people to support the basketball team during their last game."

Student Council members sophomore Gina Santoriello and junior Victoria Tibbens—she is the council president—have been doing their part by selling T-shirts during their lunch periods. They said cheerleaders will also will be making signs to create awareness.

"It's a great way for students to recognize how important this is," Tibbens said.

Students are looking for individual or business donations. Anyone interested in contributing can contact Patsy Kvortek or Michelle Walsh at 412-828-1800. Shirts will be sold for $10 during the game, which will be held at the high school gym at 6 p.m.

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