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Reed Elementary Skating Extravaganza

February 27, 2012

Photo by Laura Slotkoff

By Audrey June Davidson, Corps Member Proudly Serving at Sarah T. Reed Elementary

When our team found out that Reed Elementary was having a family skate night as a school fundraiser, many of us thought, “Wow, finally, a chance to have fun with our kids outside of the stressful school environment!” I personally hadn’t roller-skated since I was a kid and looked forward to the chance to make a fool of myself—a possibility my students eagerly awaited as well.

The second I arrived at the skating rink, one of my students rushed over to me, trailed by his younger brother, and sat next to me while I put on my skates. He impatiently waited for me to get ready, animatedly filling me in on what I’d missed, including the fact that his mom, grandma, and sister were all there. He was glad it was Wednesday because his mama only has two days off—Wednesdays and Sundays. For a kid whose pants have holes in them and who doesn’t own one of the school-issued uniforms, I knew it was a big deal for him to be there and I was glad we could share the experience.

Once on the rink, I ran into a couple more of my students, who were just as excited to see me. Though it took a while for me to get myself oriented, I am proud to say that I didn’t fall once—much to the dismay of one student who took me by the hand and skated with me as fast he could and let go. Another student said his favorite part of the night was the races because he won the 10-12 bracket, barely beating his twin brother. As he put it, “I was doing old school moves from back in the day. ” I was proud of them both.

Overall, I was impressed with the students. Many of them could not only skate well, but were busting dance moves they made look easy. It was also a great opportunity for us to get to know the teachers better, many of whom insisted all week that we come. It felt good to do something fun with my coworkers and see my students in their element.

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