Teachers' Olympic lessons culminate with annual games

In preparation for their annual Olympic games, teachers at South St. Marys Street Elementary School spend the entire year planning lessons and activities centered around the country they represent during the games.The kindergarten classes represent the United States each year in order to learn about their home country. Heather Hanes and her fellow kindergarten teachers decorated their classrooms in red, white and blue, along with the Olympic rings, and teach students what the games are all about. Each of the five Olympic rings represent a continent. Their colors -- blue, yellow, black, green, red and white -- represent the colors of all nations. They are interlaced in showing the meeting of the world's athletes during the games. First grade students in Margie Schlimm's class, representing Team Switerzland, learned about the country's trademarks of majestic landscapes, Swiss watches, mountains, international banking, cheese and chocolate.