D51 students use bowling as alternate sport in P.E. class

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT)-- Football, soccer and tennis are what typically come to mind when you think of school gym class. But over at Scenic Elementary, kids are learning the art of avoiding a gutter ball.

"You get to learn something new; not just running or throwing a football. It's something unique," said 5th grader at Scenic Elementary Dermot Lynch.

It's something P.E. teacher Sarah Delong says can help shape a student's future.

"Kids learn from their friends all the time and it will be like that throughout their life," said Delong.

She says it can even help to prevent bullying since it gives these 5th graders a more intimate group setting to play in.

"It's about encouraging and maybe hearing from that one friend that doesn't talk to them and say 'Oh my gosh! You did a great job! I can't believe you did it this way' and they hear that and think it's amazing," said Delong.

While some of the students preferred the more technical aspects of bowling.

"I mostly like setting up the pins because that was fun," said 5th grader at Scenic Elementary Taylor Williams.

Others were all about the action.

"I like getting a strike or a spare. I always think is really pretty fun," said Lynch.

Even Delong was learning to get that perfect score.

"I need to practice as well-- like the kids," said Delong.

District 51 also has in-house disk golf, roller hockey and gymnastic programs. They also have some schools doing archery through CPW.

Martial Arts Research Systems of Western Colorado comes into some schools to do karate and some schools go on field trips to the Mesa to snowshoe in the winter.

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