Rockdale Elementary 2012 Olympics
Students participate in opening ceremonies, games, fun
Jami Becker’s first grade class waves their Sweden flags during the opening ceremonies lap. Each class represented a different country they had been studying during the start of the RES Olympics.
Reporter/Marie Bakken I n what you might imagine London to be like in a few months, Rockdale
Elementary School was in full games mode as it hosted the school’s 2012 Olympics, complete with opening ceremonies.
Over 430 RES students participated in field games all day, including limbo, bean bag toss, obstacle courses and sack races, just to name a few.
The highlighted event was the second grade tug-of-war tournament. Janice Keen’s class won the coveted trophy. Students also got to enjoy popsicles provided by the Rockdale Police Department.
The Olympics day, which may become an annual event, was such a hit that it may become an annual RES event.
During opening ceremonies each class represented a country they had been learning about in school.
Cooper Huff dives through the limbo poles as fellow Kindergarten classmates Alison Rodriguez, Kevin Coleman, Ashley Gonzalez Reyes and volunteers Henry Hill and Ariel Buentello look on. The ceremonies also included a special Olympic cauldron lighting by “Rocky the Tiger.”
Above, Kindergartener Samraj Gill eyes the perfect bean bag toss as classmate Ivan Brindle looks on. Below, ‘Rocky the Tiger’ (aka Morgan Laughlin) took care of the Olympic flame lighting duties during opening ceremonies.
Above, Pre-K students Scarlett Pantaleon (right) and Kyleigh Smith take a water break between events. Below, Rockdale Police Department officer Brandon Reiser hands out Popsicles to RES students. RPD provided the snack for the entire campus during Friday’s events.
Above, first grader Emily Owen takes on the obstacle course. Below, PE teacher Robin Faulkner displays the tug-of-war tro-