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Page 8C April 3, 2019 Le By Diane Glldewell news@mymcr.nef On Friday morning, March 29 about 150 young athletes, nearly 75 volunteers and lots of proud family members and other fans converged on the track at the Mary Persons campus for the annual Monroe County Schools Special Olympics. The weather was perfect throughout the event--bright sunshine and neither too hot nor too cold. It held from the time stu- dents from T.G. Scott, Hub- bard, K.B. Sutton Elemen- tary and Monroe County Middle School emerged from their buses and headed for the trackto join the Mary Persons students and graduates who were Gem - pefing until they headed back to the buses, tired and decorated with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place ribbons. Annie Dyke took over du- ties as coordinator for Mon- roe County Schools Special Olympics this year. She is a teacher at Monroe County Middle School and advisor to the MCMS Best Buddies Club. Dyke acknowledged there is a lot ofwork and time involved in pulling all of the elements of Special Olympics together to make the event happen and that her husband told her he will be glad to see her again after the event takes place. "It definitely worth it," she said as she looked around at some of the smiles coming from students, teachers and volunteers. There were new signs for each of the school tents this year that provided shade and resting places for stu- dents with their friends from each of the five schools, plus a tent for graduates. T-shirts this year were bright red with selected designs by an artist from each of the schools encircling the Special Olympics logo. One of the designs said, "I love you, Jeremiah. in memory of a student who passed away since the last Spedal Olympics and dedicating the 2019 games to him. Some of the artists who contributed to the T-shirts are McKen- zie Imlay, Chris McDaniel, Sierra McKinley, Quateria Low,Arterm Hish, Isha Patel, Fajr Muhammad and lateria Wilson. Students lined up behind their school banners and cir- ded the track for an open- ing lap to officially begin the activities of the games. Some of the athletes ran the lap while others enjoyed the stroll with teachers and volunteers, waving to on- lookers and rece'Mng cheers and waves as they exited the track onto the field. Forsyth Mayor Eric Wfllson welcomed everyone to the Olympic Games and led the pledge of allegiance to begin them. Rev. Nathan Jackson of New Providence Baptist Church prayed in thanksgiving for the beauti- ful day, the contestants and volunteers and asking God to keep the athletes safe as they competed. Mary Per- sons graduate Jackie Lindsey led the Special Olympics Oath: "Let me win. But ifI cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." Forsyth Fire Chief David Hemdon and Safety Educa- tor Nancy Patten shared the honor of lighting the Olympic flame in the torch so that the games could begin. There were new faces among the volunteers; the Mary Persons Beta Club and Best Buddies Club mem- bers were on hand to time runners, measure softball and ten- nis ball throws and measure long jumps and running jumps. The vol- unteers also made sure that athletes got to their events at the right time and got to the awards tent to pick up their ribbons and mount the podium of champions. Volunteers made sure par- tidpants had water, shade, rest and fun jumping rope, blowing bubbles, playing comhole toss or tag football and other activities between their competitions. Some of the familiar faces who have helped with Monroe County Special Olympics for many years were spotted back this year: John Turner, Karen Johnson, Abbie Bunn, Keith Edge, Terry Proffitt, DJ. Hurm, Amber Ridley, Beth Chafin, Art lenkins, Elizabeth Hollowa What would Olympics be without the music that says "Let the games be- gin" and then announces each time athletes step up to be recognized on the winners podium for then" accomplishments? Walter Dean and Jessie Griggers, volunteers with Georgia Special Olympics Area 7, which includes Monroe and nine more counties, were back on the field this year operating the sound system. They deftly cued in the music of champions and kept spirits high with heart-pumping music. They are part of the management team that works to make sure Special Olympics events throughout Area 7 work smooth- ly. They have been an integral part of the Monroe County Special Olympics for : several years and do their job of making athletes feel special very well. After the competitions concluded, it was time for the participants to enjoy . lunch courtesy of Chick- fil-a and then spend some time with inflatables. Also available this year was the Forsyth Fire Department Safety House, which teaches' children about what to ex- pect and what to do in case : of fire. The house, which was built by Mary Persons construction students with funds raised by a Monroe County Leadership Class, even replicates a smoke- filled room and lets children experience staying low and crawling to safety from the "ouming building" Nancy Patten showed the children a video and guided them through the Fire Safety House. Dyke said the Monroe County Spec'ml Olympics team is already planning fundraisers to make sure the event is as big as ever next year. Georgia Bobs BBQ will soon host a night where a percentage of the profit ben- efits Special Olympics. 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