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Teachers wipe the floor with their students

All proceeds from the student verses staff basketball game at Lake Junior High on March 5 are being donated to Pennies for Patients. The teachers defeated the students 81 to 75. Staff photo by Amner Kispert

It was a grudge match at Lake Junior High on March 5 when the teachers took on the boys' basketball team in a staff versus student fundraiser.

"Activities like this are great way for the kids to see that teachers are real people and we do leave our classrooms," Logan Carstensen, student council advisor and team player said.

The teachers certainly gave the students a run for their money, the final score was 81 to 75, the staff taking the title.

"We actually pulled it off," Carstensen said.

But that didn't stop the teachers from having a few mishaps themselves, such as falling.

"The students don't think teachers can play a sport, so the students showed up to see this game," math teacher Mathew Rasmussen said.

Carstensen is the one who brought the idea of a staff verses student basketball game to the student council since he knew that they needed to find a way to raise more money for Pennies for Patients.

"As a student council advisor I knew we needed to find a way to raise as much money as possible for Pennies for Patients," he said. "And it is fun to interact with the kids in a different setting."

Pennies for Patients is a cancer education program and fundraiser benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. This money is used to fight blood cancers.

During the game, $253.50 was raised and that brought the two week total to $1,824.54.

Amber Kispert-Smith

Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.

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