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Ritenour High School Students Create Lasting Memories during 2024 Special Olympics

More than 350 Ritenour High School (RHS) students hosted more than 250 athletes on April 25, 2024, for the eighth annual Special Olympics Track & Field event.

Special Olympics 2024

Inside Moore Field on the newly renovated track, athletes from elementary, middle, and high schools competed in track and field events, collecting ribbons and smiles for their achievements.  Athletes had a blast in running, jumping and softball-throw events while their RHS buddy cheered them on, shared high fives, and presented them with ribbons in each of their events. 

Briana Reece, an RHS freshman, enjoyed being a buddy for a Ritenour Middle School student.

“It’s cool to be a buddy and enjoy new experiences with them,” said Reece. “It’s really great having fun with them and celebrating them during all of their events and activities.”

Between the sporting events, RHS buddies escorted their athletes to a variety of activities outside the stadium in the student-run Special Olympics Village. The village featured several games like corn hole, Plinko and a giant version of Connect Four. They also had a blast with different sensory crafts like decorating visors, making friendship bracelets, getting manicures, and getting washable tattoos. Other activities included sidewalk chalk, racing toy cars, playing with bubbles and picking out free children’s books.

Thanks to RHS broadcast students, the athletes and their buddies could take in the great music and have fun dancing to the tunes of the student radio station,  KRHS-90.1 FM. 

Special Olympians from all Ritenour elementary and middle schools, as well as Ackerman School, Drummond Elementary, Missouri School for the Blind, Washington Elementary, Meadows Elementary, Riverview Central Middle School, and Riverview Gardens High School, enjoyed lunch with their high school buddies in the stadium.

RHS track and field athletes ran the competitive events, while student volunteers from a variety of clubs and classes ensured the Olympic Village was filled with fun. Clubs and programs involved in making the day special included: KRHS-90.1 FM broadcast journalism students, National Honor Society, the Teach & Lead program, Pepper Box student journalists, students in the school’s functional living classes, and students in the Algebra Manufacturing Processes Entrepreneurship & Design (AMPED) class. Their efforts ensured that each Olympian had a memorable experience, complete with goody bags full of prizes and crafts.