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The Olympic spirit in Howard Beach

4,000 miles from Sochi, Russia, students take part in their own games

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Posted: Thursday, February 13, 2014 2:00 am | Updated: 11:24 am, Thu Feb 20, 2014.

Howard Beach may not be a Russian seaside resort town, but it definitely felt more like winter there than in Sochi, Russia.

And the 50 or so children who are students at the Special Kids Intervention Program and Toddler-Infant Program for Special Education brought the Olympic spirit home to their Howard Beach school on Tuesday and Wednesday, holding their own games.

Beginning with an opening ceremony in which the school’s five classes — each representing one of the Olympic rings — marched in with torches and flags of various nations.

Then each student took part in a series of events, from marshmallow toss, to balance beam and making snowmen out of shaving cream.

The games were organized by two of the school’s instructors, Toni-Ann Fata and Liz Cipolla, who was in charge of the decorations. Parents of some of the students also came out to watch. On Wednesday, medals were handed out to the kids.

It isn’t the first time the two schools, which serve students from 2 to 5 years old, held their own Olympics. They did a similar event in 2008 during the Summer Olympic Games in London, which featured a number of outdoor events.

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