HOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. — Remembering physical education in school brings to mind dodge ball, running a track or playing four square.

For several home schooled children in Hopkins County, PE means a weekly trip to Todd’s Gymnastics in Madisonville to spend their time flipping, cartwheeling and spinning on the bars.

“There was an expressed interest for us to offer physical fitness outside the classroom,” said owner Michelle Todd who has home schooled children as well. “Gymnastics is a great sport for children of all abilities.”

The class, which is open to children of all ages, currently has 16 students from ages 4-12.

“I think it has gone over really well,” Todd said. “It’s not just physical education either. It’s a performing art, and they are learning counting and listening skills. There is so much more to it than just PE.”

The class is offered during the school day, so for children who participate in other activities after typical school hours, it is a welcome addition.

“My kids love it,” said Jennifer Crider. “I enjoy the way it fits into our schedule.”

The one hour class is $45 for the first student in each family and $40 for each additional student.

A trial class is available for interested students.

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