Skateboarding in school

 GRANT PASS, Ore. – Riverside Elementary is adding skateboarding lessons into the gym curriculum.

Gym teacher Jordan Werner said it is a chance for kids to learn new skills.

“The skater kid that might not like basketball gets a chance to demonstrate something in front of the class,” Werner said.

Werner focuses on vocabulary then goes over safety.

“First thing that they learn is some vocab,” Werner said. “Then they move on to safety equipment, you know how to put your helmet on, the elbow pads, knee pads, wrist pads and before they get on a board they learn how to fall off.”

Some students said it was their favorite part of school.

“You get to learn, because all of the other skills have balls and other things and this is just something new,” student Brendan Shaw said.

Riverside has been participating in this program for three years.

The skateboarding program is now in seven different countries and over 2,000 different schools.

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