To help convey the Olympics theme for the reading challenge, a “torch” was used in the opening ceremony. It will also be featured in Friday’s closing events. Cari Poock helped coordinate the program.
To help convey the Olympics theme for the reading challenge, a “torch” was used in the opening ceremony. It will also be featured in Friday’s closing events. Cari Poock helped coordinate the program.
February 19, 2014



As the world's top athletes prepared for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia, students at Adams Elementary School in Carroll kicked off their own Olympic Games.

The Reading Olympics began last Friday with opening ceremonies and was planned by fourth-grade special-education teacher Cari Poock.

"They were all for it," Poock said of the challenge, which motivates every student to read.

Each fourth- and fifth-grade classes at Adams chose a country and a winter sport - Ryan Simmelink's fourth-grade Jamaican bobsled team and Lindsay Conley's fifth-grade luge - to represent them and the torch was lit.

For every 20 minutes students read at home each night, they are able to move their class's athlete closer to the finish line with hopes of winning the Gold Medal. Students are encouraged to read a variety of genres - newspapers, magazines, fiction and non-fiction.

Parents must sign a time log for their children, who must also write down two facts about what they have read.

"So far the students are excited to see their athlete race across the board heading to the finish," Poock said.

Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will be awarded to the top three student reading athletes in each classroom.

There are also awards for the first class to reach the finish line and for those who read 6,000 minutes. A movie and popcorn outing at the high school auditorium is top prize.

Closing ceremonies will be Friday, Feb. 21, when awards will be handed out.