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Ritenour High School Provides Extraordinary Day for Special Olympians

RHS sophomore Moriah Yisrael, a first-time volunteer at Special Olympics, stops for a photo with her buddy.Ritenour High School (RHS) students created lasting memories for approximately 240 elementary and middle school athletes who participated in Special Olympics Track & Field on April 23. View photos from the event.

More than 300 RHS students volunteered at the event on Moore Field as buddies for the athletes, running the track and field events and a host of fun activities and games in an Olympic Village outside of the stadium.

Special Olympians came from all six Ritenour elementary schools, both middle schools, as well as from several other schools in north St. Louis County.

The day brought as many smiles to the faces of our high school buddies and organizers as it brought to the faces of the young athletes!

RHS sophomore Moriah Yisrael, a first-time volunteer at Special Olympics, says her day with her buddy from Marion Elementary will always be memorable.

“My heart told me this would be something I should do, and when I got here, she came running up to me and gave me a hug, and I knew I needed to be her buddy,” says Yisrael, who was originally assigned to a different student.

“It has been such a great day for both of us,” Yisrael added.

Sporting events included various sprints and relays and distance races, wheelchair races, jumping events and throwing events.

In between track and field events, the Special Olympians enjoyed Olympic Village booths that offered snacks activities such as Play-Doh creations, making stress balls with balloons and flour, beaded necklaces, artwork with stickers, markers and sidewalk chalk. Student DJs from the high school’s radio station, KRHS-90.1 FM, provided music during the morning event so the participants could dance with the RHS Husky.