Most eyes were on downtown Minneapolis and Mall of America, but the Super Bowl spirit of celebration permeated through Bloomington in the days prior to the big game. And several students from Bloomington had a chance to be a part of the on-field spectacle. 

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Retired NFL running back Rashad Jennings asks a question of Indian Mounds Elementary School second-grader Noah Jordan Feb. 1 during an all-school assembly. Fourth-graders Zuheyb Dalmar, left, and Sarah Castro, right, watch as Jordan speaks. Jennings, who was a recent champion of television’s “Dancing with the Stars,” visited the Bloomington school in recognition of the Rashad Jennings Reading Challenge, an incentive-based reading program that challenges students to pledge to read. (Photo courtesy of Bloomington Public Schools)

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Kristin Courteau, an intervention specialist at Indian Mounds Elementary School in Bloomington, poses with retired NFL running back Rashad Jennings during his Super Bowl week visit to the school on Feb. 1. (Photo courtesy of Bloomington Public Schools)

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Bloomington residents and Minnesota Super Bowl 52 visitors enjoy single-digit weather at Bloomington’s Illuminate South Loop celebration Feb. 3. Participants interacted with a light grid, playing a game by jumping from square to square to change the color, which was represented on the nearby HealthPartners building. (Sun Current staff photo by Cam Bonelli)

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Is it a grey duck or goose? Visitors to Bloomington’s Illuminate South Loop celebration were invited to vote, using a light display, for the name they prefer to reference the childhood game by. (Sun Current staff photo by Cam Bonelli)

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Middle school students from the Bloomington-based Angelica Cantanti Youth Choirs perform with Tony and Grammy Award-winning performer Leslie Odom Jr. during a performance of “America The Beautiful” moments prior to the kickoff of Super Bowl 52 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis Feb. 4. (Photo by Rich Moll -- richmollphotography.com)

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