Skaters, skiers and lugers aren’t the only Olympians this winter.
Glenwood Elementary School is hosting is own version of the Games. As athletes compete in the ice and snow in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the students will demonstrate their skills indoors in reading, writing, math, science and social studies.
“Our children are Olympians, too,” said event coordinator and fourth-grade teacher Crystal Grace-Green. “This is a great time to show their skills in the school games.”
The school converted its hallways into stadium entranceways, lining the corridors with national flags and Olympic-colored paper chains. Led by South Korea and Greece, each class adopted a country and the standard bearers were flanked by classmates dressed in Swedish blue, Latvian maroon and Canadian red.
Like Thursday night’s international event, the Glenwood Parade of Nations ended with the lighting of the Olympic torch. Woody, the school mascot, played the part of South Korean gold medalist Yuna Kim to touch his “flame” to the caldron.
The assembly gave students a chance to display their Olympic knowledge by answering a series of questions geared to the Games. The trivia buffs could not be stumped on queries such as the colors and meaning of the Olympic rings, names of the Olympic and Paralympic mascots and the Olympic medals and sports.
The school has also devised its own motto. Rather than the “Faster, Higher, Stronger” adopted by the International Olympic Committee in 1894, Glenwood will compete to the slogan, “Ready, Respectful, Responsible and Have Perseverance,” the tenets it reinforces daily. It was followed by the Olympic anthem performed by the school wind ensemble and a video of the children in their classrooms.
The Glenwood Olympics will follow the two-week schedule of the Games. Beginning with points earned for “quietest classroom leaving the assembly” and “softest walking through the halls,” the children and classes will compete in contests in the five areas. The winners will be announced at the Feb. 23 closing ceremony, complete with podium and medals.
“In the math facts relays, the children will run to the front of the gym to give their answers,” said Grace-Green. “It will be a fun way for them to demonstrate their academic and athletic skills.”