::Ravenscroft Hosts Special Olympics
From Raleigh Chronicle Staff & Wire Reports
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
RALEIGH - On April 18th -19th, Ravenscroft School welcomed the Special Olympic Games of Wake County to its campus, marking the 15th time the school has hosted the event.
More than 650 athletes, ranging in age from 6 to 21, competed in track and field events at the private school in Raleigh.
"We are so proud of our relationship with the Special Olympics, and are thrilled to continue to share our facilities and community volunteers," said Janet Smith, Ravenscroft's co-coordinator for the event.
"I cannot think of any single event that has more positively impacted some of our students."
According to the school, hosting the Special Olympics involved the entire school.
For example, younger students decorated lunch bags for the athletes, and also attended the opening ceremonies to cheer them on.
Ravenscroft student Lauren Hadley sang a beautiful rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner" during the opening ceremonies and the entire third grade also sang during the festivities. The entire student body watched the games students and they cheered on all of the participants during the Parade of Athletes.
Ravenscroft also says that the Middle School students helped pack athlete lunches, and Ravenscroft sophomores and juniors volunteered in different areas including as event assistants, buddies for the athletes, and as sports medicine trainers.
The school says that many parents and faculty members also volunteered throughout the Special Olympics games at the school.
The School will also host the Special Olympics of North Carolina Summer Games on June 1st -3rd. This marks the second year in a row that Ravenscroft has hosted the state-wide Games. ::