Water Olympics Mark End of Yearlong Study of Water

Collegiate School 5th Graders competed in the annual Water Olympics on Grover Jones Field as a fun-filled end to their yearlong study of water.
The Middle Schoolers began their exploration last fall by reading A Long Walk to Water, through which they learned about one of the "Lost Boys" of Sudan — Salva Dut — who now gives back to his homeland of South Sudan by building wells. They also raised funds to build a well in South Sudan.

The students continued learning about the importance of clean water by exploring the James River in their history classes. They finished their studies with discoveries about the ancient civilizations of Greece and Rome and how water was essential for their survival.

This included a study of how the Olympics got started in Ancient Greece — which served as the launchpad for the grade-level Water Olympics that feature events requiring collaboration, creativity and science.