Walker-Upper Elementary Olympics

By: Venton D. Blandin
By: Venton D. Blandin

May 25, 2006

Thursday marked the closing ceremonies for Walker-Upper Elementary School's year-long Olympics.

The games take place every two years in order to raise money for the school, and several charities around our area.

Here's how it works: 650 students are placed on 10 different teams and compete in a variety of events -- ranging from collecting box tops to being sponsored in a speed reading challenge.

Although it's a competition, the school says it is a healthy one.

"It...brings them together as a team. It gives them a purpose and they've done spirit days all year," said P.E. Teacher Kelly Hann. "It just brings us [closer together as] a little community, and they've had a lot of really good healthy competitions."

The winner of this year's Olympics was Team Norway. Incoming Superintendent Rosa Atkins was on hand for that ceremony.

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