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Kidsday: We met the Olympic gymnasts

This past October, a few girls from my gymnastics team were given an amazing opportunity. I was one of those chosen to go to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn to perform as the opening act at the Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions.

When we got there, we got special leotards and a shirt to wear. We had to perform a dance. After we learned the dance and got everything we needed, we went to a session called Chalk Talk. Chalk Talk is when you meet the Olympians and ask them questions. The athletes we met were Nastia Liukin, Gabby Douglas, Ally Raisman, Jordyn Wieber, Kyla Ross, McKayla Maroney and John Orozco.

When we finished that, we had to wait behind the curtain for our time. We were so nervous that my friends and I were jumping up and down.

Finally, we performed and had the time of our lives. When we finished performing, I got to watch the rest of the show. It was amazing. I was really sad when it ended, but there was one more thing waiting for me -- a meet-and-greet. We went downstairs and waited on a big line, It was worth the wait. I got to meet the athletes again and have my shirt autographed.


PENNIES FOR PATIENTS AND STUCK FOR A BUCK

We helped raise money for people in need through two programs at our school.

Pennies for Patients is a program where kids donate their money to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Teachers count up the money and mark off on a chart how much money each class has donated. After two weeks, the principal announces the results. The top three classes that donated the most money get to throw pies at our principal and sometimes our assistant principal.

On a different day, all the classes do Stuck for a Buck. That's when we stick our math teacher and our library teacher on a wall with duct tape for the whole day. Kids from grades two through five bring in money for the pieces of duct tape. At the end of the day, the whole school, including the teachers, watch our math and library teacher try to get off the wall.

The two events raised $15,700.

-- DYLAN MCDONALD AND CHRISTIAN SULLIVAN/Kidsday Reporters


CLASS OF THE WEEK: Lauren Maguire's fifth-grade class, STEWART SCHOOL, Garden City

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