Earlier this month, all elementary schools were pitted against each other at the Junior Olympics.
Taking place for more than 30 years, the Junior Olympics brought 38 students from each school to Royal Oak Middle School for an evening of events. Third, fourth and fifth graders competed in events like the 100 yard dash, 800 yard run, tug of war, shuttle run relay, pull ups, arm hang, 1-minute jump rope and a 1-minute basketball shoot.
“The students take great pride in being a part of the event," Keith Doody, Northwood PE teacher, said. "Before and during the opening ceremony you can feel the excitement coming from each of the schools. It’s really an awesome scene to see all the kids sitting together in their school's Olympic T-shirts buzzing with anticipation and adrenaline. Then during the event each athlete gives it their all-out best effort. Many students end up with a personal best score or time. It’s really what makes the Junior Olympics special.”
Students, staff and community members gathered at Oak Ridge Elementary on May 25th for a very special occasion. It was the school's 50th annual Red, White and Blue Day.
Pat Wasvary founded the event in 1968 when her husband was serving in Vietnam. This year, she was the featured guest speaker at the celebration, which included a parade led by the Royal Oak Middle School Marching Band, a flag ceremony, patriotic performances from students and awarding scholarships to Oak Ridge alums. All students attended the event, in addition to local veterans, parents, and former Royal Oak Schools students and staff.
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On May 10, school officials scooped a ceremonial shovel of dirt at the site of the future athletic plaza at Royal Oak High School.
Bill McCarthy, president of Farmington Hills-based construction firm McCarthy and Smith, said crews began work in late April and that the project is slated to wrap up before the beginning of the fall sports season.
The scope of the project includes an athletic plaza with a concession stand and ticket booth, locker rooms, restrooms, and a picnic area. The high school will also receive eight new tennis courts, a redeveloped soccer field and a new track, expanded from six to eight lanes.
“I’m very pleased to be superintendent of a district that has such support from the community,” Royal Oak Schools Superintendent Mary Beth Fitzpatrick said. “It’s just very exciting.”