TOMAHAWK - This summer, Olympic athletes grabbed our attention for two weeks.
But another set of athletes will compete this winter in the Special Olympics, and there to coach them - a teacher from right here in the Northwoods.
Bonnie Kahn started Tomahawk's Special Olympics program back in 1988.
Since then, she's traveled to the World Games four times as a coach.
She's back at it again, heading to South Korea in January with 200 Special Olympics athletes.
Bonnie works with about 14 adapted needs students every day.
She coaches bowling, cross country skiing, snowshoe racing and track and field.
But she gets as much as she gives.
"The group is very compassionate, they're very courageous, I think they are goal-oriented in a way, that they always try to do their best. They like to please, and it's a joy to work with them. I always feel like I get more out of working with them than they get out of working with me," she said.
Bonnie has already been to the Games in Alaska, Japan, Idaho, and Greece.
But she said there's no place like home.
"I truly believe in the athletes, and I feel like even though I'm going to South Korea and all these places I've traveled, I still represent Tomahawk," she said. "My heart is with my athletes here, and that's what I take with me wherever I am."
Bonnie is headed to Korea with three Wisconsin athletes and one other coach.
WOODRUFF - The Olympics might be over, but the Paralympics are underway in Sochi. Teachers at one local school are using the Olympic spirit to teach students about other countries.
Students at North Country Montessori celebrated International Day Friday morning. The students learn about different countries throughout the school year.
"The children at Montessori do a huge unit on geography and world culture, and we used today as a way to express the information that we found and things that we've learned," says North Country Montessori director Candice Henderson.
This year's theme was the Sochi Olympics.
Each student dressed up as a different country and sang songs in Russian.
This was the school's 30th annual International Day celebration. It ended with a potluck meal featuring ethnic food from different countries.
ST. GERMAIN - We all love our favorite sports teams. But what would happen if you had to dress up in your rival's gear? That's exactly what happened to Bears fan, Jerry Healy.
He's the janitor at St. Germain Elementary School. Healy challenged the students to raise over $700 for charity. If they did he'd wear the green and gold.
“Mr Healy you're unbelievable thank you for doing this,” says Jerry Healy, St. Germain Elementary School Janitor. “One kid said, "all this is disgusting Mr. Healy,” and another little kid who's a diehard Packers fan came up he came up and he's got an orange and blue pair of pants on and goes I'm a bears fan, today you're a packer fan, and that was pretty cool he's in second grade.”
As you can see the students surpassed the goal. The money went to pennies for patients. It’s an organization that supports people diagnosed with leukemia. The challenge brought the whole school together.
“Well I think they rose to the occasion they understood they're helping others in an easy but fun way. They came together as a class, as a whole school and just had a lot of fun with it,” says Jeff Waltz, a third grade teacher at St. Germain Elementary School.
This wasn't the first time Jerry got to dress up as a Packers fan. He did the same thing a few years ago when students accomplished a reading goal.
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