Friday, July 2, 2010


These 5th & 6th graders at Oscar DePriest are enjoying gym class since Ms Holmes put them all on roller skates. (Photo by Brad)

    Mary Holmes knows the challenges of getting kids off the couch, away from the video games, and keeping them active. She is the Physical Education Teacher at Oscar DePriest Elementary School, 39 South Parkside Avenue. She decided to put all of her students on wheels and they’re having a great time staying fit.
    DePriest has a deal with Skate Time to provide roller skates at a charge of $7.00 per student. All of the school’s 550 students take part and no one wants to be left out.
    Ms Holmes says roller-skating develops balance and coordination, as well as muscle tone.  It is good exercise that everyone can participate in. She says her autistic and visually-impaired students are among her best skaters, plus it is an activity that both boys and girls can participate in equally.

Students at Oscar De Priest School are having a great time on roller skates during gym class – and nobody wants to be excused! (Photos by Brad)

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