(Photo by Ron Flewelling)
Take March 29, for instance...
If you would have happened to stop by the school, you would have discovered the walls of the commons room echoing with the clatter of controlled pandemonium as the students transformed their lunchroom into a field of contention for their own "Olympic" games.
The competitive hullabaloo was the result of noisy confrontation as the RV advisory groups squared off in a number of events that included hula hoop and inner tube obstacle course races, trivia contests and tug-of-war face-offs.
The purpose of the games was to raise funds to complete landscaping projects around the front of the junior/senior school building.
The RV student advisory groups have a great track record when it comes to fund-raising endeavors.
Past advisory projects have included organizing the Veterans' Day Program, eighth grade orientation night and a dodge ball/trivia competition to raise money for the early childhood and career day programs.
Future advisory projects will include a Health Day scheduled on May 10.
River Valley is the recipient of a self-determination grant through the Iowa Department of Education.
One element to fulfill the grant goals, which has been very successfully carried out by the RV students, is for the advisory groups to meet, plan and carry out school wide projects that contributes to the betterment of the school and the community.
The "Olympic" competition was sponsored by three advisories who organized the event.
While no gold, silver or bronze medals were awarded during the event, recognition was given out to the advisory group with the largest point total and the advisory that brought in the most donations.