Students from more than 300 Chicago Public Schools this week, from May 4 to 8, will join students across the country in celebrating the Olympic movement by participating in Olympic Week in America.
The themed five-day program aims to help schools and youth embrace the Olympics through lesson plans and activities that address education, environment, sports, and arts and culture, in an educational effort to host the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
A total of 306 Chicago public schools registered for Olympic Week in America, in three participation levels: gold, silver and bronze. There are 95 CPS gold-medal schools, participating at the highest level, and 66 of these gold-medal schools registered early enough to qualify for a visit from an Olympian or Paralympian.
Schools in every participation level will develop an Olympic week proclamation, raise the Chicago 2016 Olympic Flag, and include Olympic-themed activities in their classrooms. Many schools will host additional Olympic activities, and some schools also will host an Olympian or Paralympian guest during the week.
The International Olympic Committee will choose a Host City for the 2016 Olympic Games in early October. The finalist cities are Chicago, Madrid, Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro.
Learn more about Olympic Week and Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Games.