‘Viva’ Harlingen School for Health Professions

HARLINGEN — The students had set up a course for children to ride bicycles.

They’d helped the American Red Cross share information about services and healthy living and spoke to children about safety. Their involvement had also facilitated the success of the Viva Streets Harlingen 5K Adventure Run/Walk last month.

“It was basically just going out there and helping the community,” said Ricardo Bazan, 15, a freshman at the Harlingen School for Health Professions.

Ricardo was one of 39 students from HSHP recognized yesterday morning for their participation in Viva Streets Harlingen. The event included numerous health-related activities in a blocked off section of downtown. About 1,500 people showed up, including 460 who participated in the run.

More students from HSHP volunteered than any other school. For their enthusiasm the Harlingen-San Benito Metropolitan Planning Organization and Harlingen Mayor Chris Boswell presented them with the Viva Streets Harlingen Spirit Challenge Award.

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