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.
NBC5 News at Sunrise co-anchor Allison Ross graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a degree in broadcast journalism.
Before coming to NBC5 News, she was a reporter and anchor at KOMU in Columbia, MO and interned at FOX 25 News in Boston. Allison also spent six months reporting in Europe where she covered the European Commission.
When she’s not in the newsroom, Allison loves adventures. She enjoys traveling and is excited to explore the West Coast. Allison’s motto: “Try everything once!”