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‘Go for the Gold’ in Reading Olympics

By Bill Duffield

February 28, 2014

CEDARVILLE — Some 100 students from Cedarville Elementary and their families came together on Monday, Feb. 24, to celebrate their own version of the Olympics with a night filled with fun activities during Family Literacy Night.


First stop for each participant was to make an Olympic torch. Then, the students filed in and were each handed a piece of paper on which were five Olympic rings.


After completing a literacy event at various stations, the students colored in a ring. When all five rings were colored in, the students earned a gold medal opportunity to pick out their very own books to take home.


Some of the Literacy Olympic events included a Reading Comprehension Obstacle Course, Speed Skating, Puppet Read-Alouds, and Create Your Own Olympic Story. To finish off the night, students and their families celebrated their accomplishments with red or blue snow cone treats.


The event was designed to encourage reading skills and to make reading fun for the children in the community.


Promoting literacy in the community and making this event possible was a concerted effort by “Team Cedarville’s” Dr. Margaret Griogorenko, Education Professor of Cedarville University, Eric Snead, Principal of Cedarville Elementary School, Lisa Clark, Title I Reading Teacher of Cedarville Elementary School, and Laura Jo Spitler, Librarian of Cedarville Community Library.