Schools along the Esk Valley are set to recreate their own Olympic Games in the summer and are appealling for support to make them “extra special”.
The community event will see an Olympic torch carried between each of the seven schools which make up the Esk Valley Learning Network, before the games take place on 5 July at the Danby Moors Centre.
Liz Orland, headteacher at Egton School, said: “We are keen to enter into the Olympic spirit, making the Olympics very real for our children and bringing it a little closer to home for them.
“We’ll be working within the Olympic values and showing our children they can reflect those values in their lives and our local community.”
Danby head teacher Tim Landers added: “The idea behind this celebration is not only to bring the children from the schools together, but to make this an event where people from all the villages can come together with a real sense of community within the valley.”
Students from the seven schools – Egton, St Hedda’s, Goathland, Glaisdale, Castleton, Danby and Lealholm – will join forces to represent different countries involved in the games.
Whitby Rotary Club has offered to sponsor t-shirts to wear on the day, while JJ Landscape Contractors will do track markings, but more support is needed.
Mrs Orland added: “We are seeking sponsorship and support from local companies and groups for this once in a lifetime opportunity, to make this event one for our children to remember for the rest of their lives and feel proud to have been part of.”
Danby Visitor Centre has offered to provide the venue, free car parking and marquees for refreshments and a display of children’s work on the Olympics.
The day will consist of an opening ceremony with a dance performance, sports activities for the children, picnic lunch and the opportunity for visitors to see the work the children have been doing on the Olympic theme during the summer term.
For more information contact Tim Landers at Danby School by calling (01287) 660345.