The Winter Olympics were held in Sochi, Russia, from Feb. 7-23. St. Louis School held its own version of the games Feb. 28 for grades K-2.
Teachers Jan Narwold and Missy Cooper planned the festivities, which began with the parade of the homerooms as students carried flags representing their “teams.”
The games were held in classrooms and the old gym. There were eight stations with Olympic-themed events.
For snowboarding, the youngsters stood on cardboard snowboards and hit a balloon up in the air with their hands. The object was to see who could do it the longest. “When you stepped off the snowboard, the time was up,” Cooper noted.
The skeleton had the kids riding scooters on their bellies to see who could go the fastest. For curling, they slid Sorry game pieces down a table and got points depending on which section they landed on.
The Nordic combined featured putt-putt golf and cornhole. Alpine skiing involved students weaving through the legs of four desks. They then jumped hopscotch, sorted shapes into piles and walked across the balance beam while being timed.
For pairs skating, the youth worked in pairs to complete a word search the quickest. The other two events were the 50-yard dash and long jump.
Parents and sixth-graders in the Advanced Learners Program helped with the games.
Kindergartener Brady Wonnell’s favorite part of the day was riding the scooter “because it was fun.” His most difficult task was “keeping the balloon up.”
Kindergartner Tyler Leder favored racing because “I like to run.”
Second-graders Gabe Schrank, Rhea Miller and Elliot Werner enjoyed the balance beam. They also agreed that the easiest part was sorting the shapes.
The most difficult challenge for first-grader Ryan Duerstock was “the hopscotch thing.”
Second-grader Maggie Wilson admitted, “I really liked the slider things where you slid them across the board.”