Olympian Lamoureux sisters inspiring learning locally

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. (Valley News Live) There's no group more excited about the winter Olympics than the third grade class at Holy Family St. Mary's Catholic School.

Ms. Loberg's third class is using the Olympics to learn about a number of topics.

"Were there a lot more than 258 people?" Ms. Loberg asked her class about the number of people that participated in the very first Olympic games. "You were right it took place in 1924."

From history, to math.

"Switching them from kilometers to miles per hour. Things like that," Loberg said.

Each student is assigned a specific sport to research.

"They're excited about the sports they can connect to, such as hockey being from this area," Loberg said.

Myles Tanabe, a hockey player himself, researched the local connection.

"There's two twin girls. Their names are Monique and Jocelyn Lamoureux," Tanabe said.

Not only are the two Olympians from Grand Forks.

"Some of them have met them at church, and they've talked to their mom at church," Loberg said.

The Lamoureux family goes to church where this class goes to school.

"One of them was even was upset that the woman mispronounced her name. And he said, I wish they'd figure out how to say her name if they're going to say it so many times. It was cute," Loberg said. "They're hoping maybe they can meet them when they come back."

But, the lessons learned go deeper than the textbooks.

"The athletes are getting ready to show their talents to the world," it reads on the door to the classroom. A poem written collectively by the class about the spirit of the games. "This is our Olympic story. This could be anyone's time to shine. Many moments in the past. Many moments to be found. Hoping the 18 days of peace, love and hope could last forever."

Lessons we could all learn from a third grade class.

Below is the full poem the third grade class wrote.
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The World's Olympics

Everyone is happy.
Living together
For 18 days!

The athletes are getting ready
To show their talents to the world.

They are coming together.
Ninety countries, 3000 athletes.
Stars begin to shine as their day arrives.
Praying, hoping, believing.

Believing in God, themselves, their country and the world.
Competing, cheering, meeting new friends from all the nations.

Days go by.
Medals go from country to country.

Some are astonished.
Others are disappointed,
Tired and worn out.

This is our Olympic story.
This could be anyone's time to shine.
Many moments in the past.
Many moments to be found.

Hoping the 18 days of Peace, Love and Hope
Could last forever.

--Third grade class HFSM School. 2018