Calling all Heart Heroes! Our school’s Kids Heart Challenge program begins next week, and the American Heart Association invites you to start the fun early. Check out the Iola Elementary KHC Website and get registered to earn a prize. By taking the online health challenge, your student will earn a free Heart Hero wristband. Download the Kids Heart Challenge app through Google Play or the App Store to watch your wristband bring Finn to life.
Heart disease is still the number one killer in America – and your student can be a Heart Hero by raising life-saving donations toward the fight against heart disease. As a bonus, every student who registers and gets their first donation before the kick-off will go into a drawing for a prize.
•The sixth annual Io-la VFD Benefit and BBQ Cookoff will be March 8-9 at the Iola Volunteer Fire Department, 23574 Brazos St. There are three categories for the meat entries: brisket, chicken and pork spare ribs. There is an entry fee of $185 for the meat categories and a $3,500 projected cash payout based on entry of 25 teams and a fee of $20 for each side category with a 50 percent payout for first-place.
Also, there will be live music and a dance. Come out and listen to the Texas 105 Band and Clay Hollis Band. For additional information or for an enrollment form, email email@example.com. Follow us on Facebook at Io-la VFD Cook-Off Fundraiser. This event is sanctioned by the IBCA (International BBQ Cookers Association).
•Spring break will be from March 11 through March 15.
•Book Fair is happening this week. The online book fair is open at www.scholastic.com/bf/iolaelementaryschool1 or you can see it live until Friday, March 8, in the elementary library.
•The Fighting Bulldog Band will travel to Groesbeck for a UIL band contest March 6.
•There will be a junior varsity baseball tournament March 7 in Anderson.
•There will be a varsity baseball tournament March 7 in Barlett.
•There will be a high school track meet March 7 in Iola.
•The One Act Play District Competition will be March 7 in Crockett.
•Softball will host North Zulch on March 8.
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