Fri, February 16, 20188:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Greenvale Park Elementary
700 Lincoln Pkwy
Northfield, MN 55057(507) 645-3500
Timely Presentation on Minnesota Olympians Coming to Greenvale Park
Author Patrick "Packy" Mader is appreciative to be invited back to Greenvale Park Elementary to share stories of rural life and Minnesota Olympians with the students and staff.
The program for grades K - 2 will include a component of agriculture education and celebrate rural lifestyle and traditions as demonstrated in Packy's four children picture books. He brings large storyboards and many props to engage and educate students. The grade 3+ presentations will feature 57 of Minnesota's most remarkable athletes in his recently published book Minnesota Gold who have competed on the world stage and highlight their stories, lives, challenges, perseverance, and achievements. Among the athletes profiled are Lindsay Whalen of Hutchinson, now a star professional basketball player, who was a member of gold medal-winning Olympic teams in 2012 and 2016 and led the team in scoring in the gold medal game.
Any athletes from Northfield? How about a previous Greenvale Park teacher?!?! Yes, Steve Sertich, a 5th grade teacher and varsity hockey coach, was a member of the 1976 Olympic hockey team! Also, local residents Bob Hauck and Nichole Porvath have competed in the Olympic Trials and Northfield High School graduate Jordan Holm was an alternate on the 2012 Greco-Roman wrestling team.
Jessie Diggins, a 2014 Olympian from the Stillwater area, will be seeking to become the first American woman to ever medal in Olympic cross country skiing history.
All of Packy's books are inspirational and have positive messages. They have lessons about sportsmanship and citizenship, two highly valued qualities in a person of any age.
Packy's children's books feature Minnesota settings and celebrate rural lifestyle; Jessie Diggins in one of Minnesota's athletes expected to compete in the 2018 Olympics; Steve Sertich of Virginia, Minnesota, taught at Greenvale Park and was a member of the 1976 Olympic hockey team.