Olympic spirit alive and well in Amherst

Darrell Cole
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Spring Street Academy Games come to an end

After seven days of skating and skiing, the Spring Street Academy Winter Games have come to an end.

These Grade 5 students at Spring Street Academy sing to celebrate the closure of their version of the Winter Olympics.

AMHERST – Students at Spring Street Academy have caught the Olympic spirit. After all, they’ve skated, skied and snowshoed their way around the school the last week to help celebrate the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

“It’s been a lot of fun. Everyone got involved from every student in every class to all the teachers and staff,” teacher Daren White said Monday as the Spring Street Academy version of the Games game to a close. “If anything, we hope our own Winter Games helped raise awareness of the real ones, but we also hope it helped teach them something about being physically active and understanding other cultures.

Over seven days, the more than 500 students learned about Russian cuisine, doll-making and culture. During the opening and closing ceremonies they also learned Russian dancing while during the week they took turns at various Olympic events such as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, skating and the bobsled.

White said one of the goals of the program is to raise awareness of the Olympics, but also in participating in some sports they’d never considered before.

“I had a number of the children say they loved the skiing and want to do it again,” he said. “If it gets them more active then it was a worthwhile effort.”

While the Olympics are over at Spring Street Academy, White said the school will still following events in Sochi closely. He said each of the classes has an adopted sport and each day the results of the previous day’s competition will be announced.  When Canada wins a medal, the class that has corresponding sport will also be celebrated.

Monday’s closing included a video on compassion while three students from Sackville completed a skipping demonstration. The Grade 5 class also performed and White led all the students in a Russian dance to conclude the Games.

At the end of the day, the students exchanged medals they had made from used CDs.

“At the end many of the students were going around trying to find who made their medal,” he said. “It’s certain to be a conversation piece around here for quite a while.”


Twitter: @ADNdarrell

Organizations: Street Academy Games

Geographic location: Amherst, Sochi, Russia Canada

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