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Giving back: Students lend support to Olympic athlete

Filed in Archive by on December 20, 2016

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Students at Elsmere Elementary School last week found a way to give back to an Olympic athlete who had inspired them in 2014 to dream big and work hard.

Aidan Kelly, an athlete who competed in luge at the Olympic Games in Sochi, became a pen pal to students at the school after a chance meeting with teacher Nancy Davis in Lake Placid, where Kelly was training with the U.S. Olympic Team. The students had followed his progress and watched him as he raced against the world’s best competitors in the winter sport.

Kelly made a special trip to Elsmere to thank the students for their support in 2014 to the delight of students, teachers and staff. Now, the same students who got the chance to meet their Olympic friend are helping to support Kelly once again.

That’s because the athlete was forced to undergo back surgery last week so that he can once again train for competitive luge. The students all took part in creating and coloring an oversized “get well” message for Kelly.

“It is 6 feet by 7 feet and it was made with love,” said kindergarten teacher Nancy Davis, who organized the get-well effort. “The children did it with the idea of ‘paying it forward’ and they understand that doing something small can mean a lot.

“We are happy to be able to give him this extra support when he needs it,” said Davis.

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