GATES MILLS, Ohio, February 28—On
Wednesday, February 19, Gilmour fourth, fifth and sixth graders participated in
the Potato Olympics. This multidisciplinary, multi-grade level event featured
hand-decorated potatoes competing in a variety of Olympic-themed events. The
project incorporated writing and math skills while also teaching the important
lessons of sportsmanship and teamwork.
In the days leading up to the competition, the students were asked to decorate their potatoes and write biographies of their “athletes.”
Before the event began, students collected their personalized potatoes and processed around the Lower School while the Olympic theme played.
The potatoes competed in events such as curling, which required students to measure the distance the potato slid on a slippery surface; the luge, which asked students to time the potato’s “run” down an inclined plane; and figure skating, which had student record how long the potato rotated when spun. Students completed a worksheet that reinforced a multitude of math concepts including mean, median, mode, weights, distances and times.
Gilmour Academy is a Catholic, independent, coeducational, college-preparatory school. It is sponsored by the Congregation of Holy Cross, Notre Dame, Ind., and offers a Montessori preschool program, Lower School, Middle School and Upper School. A boarding program is offered to students in Grades 7 through 12. It is located at 34001 Cedar Road in Gates Mills, Ohio.