Thanks to the generosity of a recent grant from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation and donations from the Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena, Jamestown High School physical education students had an opportunity to learn how to ice skate.
The Jamestown Savings Band Ice Arena Edu-Skate program introduced a broad audience of Jamestown High School students to skating. JHS physical education teacher, Scott Shawley, wrote the grant to help students develop skills related to ice-skating and life-long positive attitudes toward health and fitness. The JSBIA also donated $1,250 worth of ice time to encourage participation between JHS and the arena.
“With obesity at an epidemic stage in the United States, students need to know how to stay physically active in traditional settings such as weight room, exercise room, and gymnasium but also in other venues,” said Mr. Shawley. “Jamestown High School students need to get out of the building and see what opportunities there are to stay physically active in the Jamestown community. The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation grant has provided the opportunity for Jamestown High School kids to go to the Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena and explore one of those types of physical activities.”
Approximately 300 students had an opportunity to walk to the ice arena during physical education classes and learn, from JHS physical education teachers, skating fundamentals, ice skating safety, and some of the fundamental skills of ice hockey and broomball. The experience also helped students develop an interest in a new extracurricular activity such as figure skating or hockey.
“We are always happy to help our local educators to supply unique learning opportunities for their students,” said Chautauqua Region Community Foundation Executive Director, Randy Sweeney. “The Edu-Skate program not only enables students to learn a new skill that they can continue throughout their lives, but to also broaden their vision for physical education in the community by visiting a facility like the Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena that they might otherwise not have been able to try without the help from this grant.”