Crowley ISD Connections Magazine Summer 2018 - Page 22

More Than A Game The Panther Olympics celebrates students and brings the district together The fifth annual Panther Olympics was held at North Crowley High School, giving the district’s students with special needs an opportunity to compete in a variety of events and activities. Overall, the day had more than 110 participants and 250 student volunteers. “I tell our general education students to let it be all about them,” NCHS Student Leadership teacher Laneece Yarbough-Anderson said. “Let our olympians feel like they want to conquer the world. It is one day out of the entire year that is specifically for them, and they enjoy it so much.” 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. “It’s not something you get to see every day,” NCHS senior Lindsey Robledo said. “The fact that we get to come together, put aside our differences and become one is really cool to think about.” While rainy weather pushed festivities inside the gyms, events included the races, tug of war, cotton candy, face painting, bowling, soccer kick, snow cones and more. All students had the opportunity to pull for each other and build relationships with one another. “It makes my heart happy,” NCHS senior Colin Crenshaw said. “It’s not just holding a hand. It’s more than that. I can feel the energy through them, and I can feel how excited they are.” This year’s event could not have been possible without the help of sponsors like the Chisholm Trail Education Foundation, Cornerstone Impressions, Let’s Work Foundation, Mosaic Academy, Christ Church, Life Church and Nick Cartmill from Fuzzy’s Tacos in Burleson. 22 CROWLEY ISD CONNECTIONS | Summer 2018