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Pre-K students have a heart on Valentine’s Day

Students at the Albany Academies got a Valentine's Day-themed heart lesson today when they spent par
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Students at the Albany Academies got a Valentine’s Day-themed heart lesson today when they spent part of the morning examining a real cow’s heart.

The pre-kindergarten girls, dressed in surgical garb with blue booties and gowns, took away some valuable lessons from the morning session and learned a person’s heart is about the size of his fist.

Grace Gravini, 5, of Clifton Park, learned there’s blood in the human heart. And, as she bravely approached the cow heart that was about the size of a football and poked her finger into an artery, she said it was mushy.

This heart-themed lesson has been a ritual in Bonnie Smith’s science class at the Albany Academies for the last five years. The pre-kindergarteners have been learning about the heart and circulation as part of their science lesson.

“It’s really just to get them excited about science and help to build on their natural enthusiasm. Valentine’s Day is an appropriate time to learn about the heart,” said Smith.

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