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September 24, 2018

Discovery Day Care Celebrates the 2012 Summer Olympics


let the games begin

Let the games begin

A new tradition began at Discovery Day Care – Summer Olympics!

Sparked by a preschool parent, Mr. Balcom, this idea became the highlight of the summer and drew a large crowd of parents and grandparents.

On your mark, set, go!

On your mark, set, go!

Mr. Balcom, a gym teacher with the East Syracuse School District who enjoys his summers off, created this idea and volunteered his time to prepare and implement this fun filled event for the children.

The planning began in June and excitement grew as the special day got closer.

The children prepared signs, banners, Olympic oriented crafts and learned what the Olympics is all about.

Our photographer caught a great action shot!  What a throw!

Our photographer caught a great action shot! What a throw!

Did you know the colors in the Olympic Rings represent the colors in the flags of all the nations in the world?

To extend the learning, the teaching staff at Discovery Day Care inquired with the parents the nationality of each student and created flags to represent each country.

The hallways were lined with flags from Mexico, France, Scotland, Poland and more.

A preschool version of the javelin throw!

A preschool version of the javelin throw!

The children and staff names were added to the flags and they could see how they were connected to each other by their own nationality.

The Olympic events included two distance runs, standing long jump, softball toss and then concluded with an obstacle course that required various skills (from jumping and crawling to throwing and squirting a target).

The audience cheered the children as they participated in each event.

At the end of the DDC Olympics, the children enjoyed a healthy snack and drink and were each awarded a Winner Medal for participating.

Center manager Julie Boyd, challenged the staff to complete the obstacle course and many did just that.

the water squirting event was a favorite!  School age students assisted the younger children for each obstacle course event.

the water squirting event was a favorite! School age students assisted the younger children for each obstacle course event.

Mr. Balcom was presented with a special certificate for sharing his ideas, time and energy with the children of the center.

 

 

 

 

 

Competitive staff... or just having fun!  Jackie chose her own target!

Competitive staff… or just having fun! Jackie chose her own target!

Mr. Balcom receives a special award and gets a big round of applause!

Mr. Balcom receives a special award and gets a big round of applause!

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