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Elementary students interactively learn about the Olympics

The opening ceremony for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics will be held Friday night in South Korea with the lighting of the Olympic Caldron will be center stage.

The opening ceremony for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics will be held Friday night in South Korea with the lighting of the Olympic Caldron will be center stage.

The students at Bishop John King Mussio Elementary School are preparing for the opening ceremony with their own version of the Olympics.

NEWS9’s Bill Phillips shared one of his Olympic experiences with the students. In 1996, he was a part of the Atlanta Olympic torch relay. For that, he was given an Olympic torch to keep, and he shared it with the students.

“When our Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Young's came to me with this idea, I thought it was phenomenal because our little ones in kindergarten and first grade, they were 1 and 2 years old the last time we had a Winter Olympics,” Principal Theresa Danaher. “We thought this would not only build patriotism and team building, but it would be educational opportunity for them to learn about the Olympics sports. We're doing it in two phases -- the games the parents are helping run, and then our first grade teacher organized academic Olympics in the classrooms.”

The kids chanted U.S.A.! U.S.A.! throughout the school.

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