Tuesday’s opening ceremony began with all of Cherokee’s homeroom classes marching out before parents and teachers. Each class represented a different country around the world, with a flag bearer out front carrying that country’s flag. Some of the classes even got creative and dressed up in the country’s native clothing.
Coach Chris McKelvey then recognized each of the countries by introducing the flag bearer and the class to which they belong.
Cherokee student Josie Allen then led the Pledge of Allegiance, and a group of Cherokee students followed that up by singing the National Anthem.
Students then took the Olympic oath, which read, “We swear that we will take part in these Olympic games in the true spirit of sportsmanship and that we will respect and abide by the rules which govern them for the glory and honor of our country.”
Toward the end of the ceremony, several students participated in a torch relay as they ran a lit torch into the ceremony area and passed it on to awaiting Cherokee students Maddie Bowman and Lee Sisson who then lit the Olympic cauldron.
Some of the staff at Cherokee then sang the song “World’s Greatest” by R. Kelly. After Cherokee Principal Dale Freeman declared the games open, students released a flock of doves and balloons into the air.
Pre-K and Kindergarten events were held from 10-11:30 a.m. on Tuesday and first grade events took place from 12:15 until 2 p.m.
Wednesday, the second and third grade events will be held. From 9-11 a.m. the second grade team events will take place, as will the third grade track events. From noon until 2 p.m. the second grade track events will be held while the third grade team events are going on.
On Friday, May 21 the fourth and fifth grade events will take place. From 9-11 a.m. the fourth grade team events will be held, as will the fifth grade track events. From noon until 2 p.m. fourth grade track events will take place and fifth grade team events will be held.