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Troy Crossroads Elementary School’s Young Athletes program to expand next year

Troy Crossroads Elementary School preschool student Kendall Holverson swings a bat at the Young Athletes Culmination Event, with Lily McNeela, third grade, left, and Josie Jarmuz, fourth grade, right, assisting.
Troy Crossroads Elementary School preschool student Kendall Holverson swings a bat at the Young Athletes Culmination Event, with Lily McNeela, third grade, left, and Josie Jarmuz, fourth grade, right, assisting.

SHOREWOOD – Twelve classes of Early Childhood students ages 3 to 5 enjoyed the season’s first summer-like day this month by running and jumping and throwing bean bags in the grassy spaces behind Troy Crossroads Elementary School. It wasn’t recess, though.

It was the first Young Athletes Culmination Event held by Troy School District 30C in a program piloted at Crossroads. Young Athletes is a branch of Special Olympics for special needs and at-risk students too young to participate in Special Olympics sporting events.

The event was for all of Crossroads’ preschool students, though, those in Young Athletes and their peers.

The students in the Young Athletes program spent 8 weeks this spring working in the school’s gymnasium on such gross motor skills as balance, throwing, kicking, and running to prepare for the final event on May 6.

The event was held outdoors and consisted of a circuit of various activities aided by the older ACE students. Parents and family attended to celebrate their children.

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