The Winter Olympics are closing out its first week of the games, and Ahwatukee Preschool decided to hold its own form of the winter games through its Ahwatukee Olympics.

The school has had a running tradition on holding different Olympic Games throughout the years.

This year each student participated in different winter sporting events inside the school’s gym.

Before the games began, students formed a circle in the center of the gym, which they were given a brief discussion from director Diane Fitzsimons of what the Winter Olympics are, and how it brings different countries from around the world together.

Ahwatukee Preschool holds its own Olympic games in efforts to promote the idea of togetherness, Fitzsimons said.

Students passed the “torch” around the circle, which signified the Ahwatukee Olympics had started.

More than 50 students participated during the morning games, which they were broken off into two groups.

The first group participated in the games, while the second group patiently waited their turn to join in on the fun.

Some of the Ahwatukee Olympic Games consisted of hockey, a snowball scrimmage, skating and bean bag tossing.

Students were energetic while participating in different games, and showed more excitement in the snowball scrimmage as they threw snowballs made of cotton at one another.

“We’ve done a Summer Olympics during our summer school, and we did Winter Olympics eight years ago,” Fitzsimons said. “It’s really a fun chance for them to see how they can be part of different things, and of course, the medal is probably the thing they like the most.”

At the end of the Ahwatukee Olympics, students lined up under the Olympic banner and were awarded medals for participating in the games.

Parents also joined in on the fun assisting students at the different sporting stations.

Kari Green said this year’s Ahwatukee Olympics were special to her and her daughter, Emma, because this would be Emma’s last year at Ahwatukee Preschool.

“The preschool does a good job tying in what’s happening in the outside community for the kids,” she said. “I wanted to come down for a couple of reasons … I think it’s important for parents to be involved in their kid’s school, but also it’s my daughter’s last year here, so I definitely wanted to come down and be able to experience it with her.”

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