Crowley ISD Connections Magazine Summer 2017 - Page 11

Let the Games Begin The Panther Olympics celebrate students and brings the district together The fourth annual Panther Olympics were held at North Crowley High School, giving the district’s students with special needs an opportunity to compete in a variety of field events. The theme for this year was “Togetherness: Regardless of our differences, we are all the same.” “We invite our olympians from Crowley High School, North Crowley Ninth Grade and North Crowley High School to compete and have a good day,” NCHS Student Leadership teacher Laneece Yarbough-Anderson said. “We have lots of encouragement going on to make it an amazing day for our olympians.” Overall, the day had more than 90 participants and 200 student volunteers. The festivities started with opening ceremonies, the national anthem and a parade of champions through the hallways of NCHS. The olympians flashed big smiles as they waved to cheering classmates and teachers. The field events included the 100-meter dash, 50-meter walk, 400-meter relay and tug of war, while other activities such as bounce houses, softball toss, photo booths and a snow cone stand were scattered across the football field. All students had the opportunity to pull for each other and build relationships with one another. “Panther Olympics is a great opportunity for the high schools to come together,” CHS Student Leadership teacher Holly Varley said. “It’s amazing to see the love they have for each other and how much they help each other. We may have our differences, but we are all family and we come together and love each other in our district.” CROWLEY ISD CONNECTIONS | Summer 2017 11