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At Scanlan Oaks Elementary fitness includes inline skating

Fort Bend ISD (March 28, 2024) – Six years ago, Scanlan Oaks Elementary physical education teacher Megan Kasin introduced an inline skating program for her fourth and fifth grade students to promote a fun way to stay fit.

“It is so rewarding to see students who could not stand on the skates the first day, and by the end of the semester they are skating,” she said. “My students look forward to this every year, and I do too.”

Inline skating uses skates that have all wheels aligned in a straight row, unlike traditional roller skates that have wheels on each corner. To many, inline skating is more challenging, requiring a greater degree of balance. The SkateTime Houston program Kasin uses promotes physical activity and coordination, and it also helps build confidence. Kasin said the program is very effective.

The program supplies all the skates and safety equipment, lesson plans and an instructional video. A representative from SkateTime visits the school to kick off the program with the first lesson and the PE teacher takes it from there.

Kasin said her students’ excitement level for skating has increased tremendously over the years.

“I have parents thanking me because their child wants inline skates at home after they have been given the opportunity to try it in a safe, fun environment at school,” she said. “It’s amazing to see the students fall in love with skating.”