UNION — Union Elementary School kicked off the WinterKids Winter Games with an opening ceremony Friday, Jan. 14.

The WinterKids Winter Games are a national health competition with cash prizes for the winners. The theme this year is Winter Olympic Games.

The school held an outdoor opening ceremony complete with presentation of each class from Pre-K to sixth grade. The classes marched around the flagpole to John William’s Olympic Fanfare and Theme.

Principal Scott White got in the spirit by wearing an inflatable snowman costume while announcing the event. Assistant Superintendent Christina Wotton acted as Snow Queen. Matt Kellett, a representative from Camp Kieve in Nobleboro, was the torch bearer.

After the torch lighting, each class demonstrated a form of physical exercise.

Fourth grade teacher Donna Munro, who is organizing the month-long event, said the school will use the cash prize to build a yurt for outdoor education if they win.

Munro said there are also multiple other prizes for schools that participate in the games, including gifts for the students. All students at Union Elementary School received a FitBit through WinterKids, Munro said.

WinterKids focuses on health and wellness, with a different theme and guest speaker each week.

For a complete list of participating schools, or questions regarding the WinterKids Winter Games, visit www.winterkids.org.

Union Elementary School Principal Scott White dressed as a snowman for the opening ceremonies of WinterKids Winter Games Jan. 14. Photo by Christine Simmonds

Union Elementary School second grade class demonstrates dog sleds as a winter activity at WinterKids opening ceremony Jan 14. Photo by Christine Simmonds

Union Elementary School kindergarten class demonstrates running as a winter activity for WinterKids opening day ceremony Jan. 14. Photo by Christine Simmonds

Union Elementary School Pre-K class at opening day ceremony for WinterKids Jan. 14. Photo by Christine Simmonds

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