Florence Elementary supported the Special Olympics by showing their Olympian Spirits | Schools
FLORENCE, KY (FOX19) - This year’s annual 3rd grade service learning project at Florence Elementary was entitled Olympian Spirits.
After studying about the Ancient Greeks, the origin of our modern day Olympics, and about all of the different kinds of athletes who compete today, the students became aware of the fact that not all Olympians get as much attention as others. They discovered how hard people who compete in the Special Olympics work, and that they don’t always get the recognition and support they need and deserve.
They organized activities to learn more about Special Olympians and had a fundraiser to help support the Northern Kentucky Special Olympics. This organization provides year round sports training and competitive opportunities. They work with athletes who have intellectual disabilities and whose ages range from 8 to adulthood. Through their project, students brought awareness to the school and local community and will make a donation of around $500 to help NKSO with travel finances.
The third graders provided support to the bowling team by make encouraging cards and posters when they competed in a bowling competition.
A former Florence Elementary student participated in the 2011 Special Olympics World Games in Athens, Greece and returned home with many medals in gymnastics.
Students and staff celebrated the success of this project with a movie and Pajama Day. To help celebrate, many community leaders visited Florence to read Special Olympics books to the students. After all of their Olympian efforts, they deserved a day of rest and relaxation!