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Go for the Gold' at Nate Perry Elementary

With the Olympics just around the corner, two Nate Perry Elementary classes are showing their support for a pair of United States Olympic teams.

Students in Pam Moquin's kindergarten class are cheering on the U.S. Women's Olympic Hockey team. Each kindergartner constructed and colored their very own hockey player, added their handprint to a "Go for the Gold" banner, and sang a song of encouragement that was recorded onto a DVD. Students in Sarah Szulwach's fourth-grade class are showing their support for the U.S. Alpine Olympic team.

The students designed and constructed a banner, with the help of NPE art teacher Nina Spano, that says "Nate Perry Elementary Loves Team USA" and each student also created pop up cards, complete with U.S. flags, and wrote letters to team members wishing them luck.

All of the items will be sent to Vancouver, and be on display in the team processing area, where the athletes check in and pick up their uniforms, and in the Olympic village, where the athletes live during the Games. Moquin and Szulwach's students also have been learning about the history of the Olympic Games and about the sports their teams compete in. Szulwach said the students are impressed by what they have learned about the Olympians.

"They are amazed at the dedication of the athletes and the training they go through," she said. "This year, I think my whole class will be watching the Olympics." NPE is the only school in New York State to be selected to support Olympic teams.

The two classes were chosen because Derrick Salisbury, the uncle of kindergartner Quinn Moore and fourth-grader Abigail Moore, is the victory ceremonies transport manager for the Olympic Games and transports winners to and from the medal stand.

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