SORGHO, Ky. — Sorgho Elementary School has introduced a new activity into its physical education classes as students are “rolling into fitness” with roller skates.
 
PE teacher Carla Clayton is in her first year at Sorgho Elementary School and said she is excited about engaging students with a new activity. “I wanted to teach roller skating because it was an activity that I did as a kid and loved.” Clayton said. “It’s a lifetime activity that has all kinds of physical fitness benefits, including balance and coordination, cardiovascular endurance and muscular strength, along with building some amazing character traits, such as getting up when you fall down, perseverance and hard work. Students can participate and have fun with their friends through making memories and enjoyment of activity. I love roller skating because it’s ‘old school’ and the kids can be successful even if they’re not athletic or like sports. It’s all-inclusive.”
 
Clayton said she has short-term and long-term goals for the program. “I want kids to learn that you can have fun getting physically fit, and increase their awareness of how exercise and activity can have a positive impact on their lives and be enjoyable,” she said. “I want them to gain confidence in themselves and what they are capable of doing, and learn how to build friendships through social activity.”
 
Lessons learned during physical education classes fit into the overall mission of Sorgho Elementary School, Clayton said.

“We at Sorgho work to equip our students with great character for the here and now, but also for when they get into the real world on their own,” she said.

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