A typical Side x Side class period in the gym. (Kailee Giddings)
A typical Side x Side class period in the gym.

Kailee Giddings

Physical Education Is For Everyone: FMHS Side X Side

December 14, 2018

Every day after lunch, kids in the Side x Side program anxiously await their favorite class of the day. P.E. They enter the gym with smiles on their faces and begin walking laps around the court with their peer mentors.

The room fills with exciting conversations as everyone is warming up for the day’s activities. Throughout the year, the students get to participate in numerous sports such as basketball, soccer, and baseball.

Student, Kaden Lent says, “I like basketball and tennis and I only kind of like football.”

Lent’s good friend Tanner Twiggs also claims that basketball is his favorite sport to play in class, “but in April and May my I play baseball and that is my favorite,” said Twiggs.

P.E. aims to build teamwork skills and create a relaxed environment where everyone can have fun and be active. This Side x Side class is a great example of this because it shows that anyone can find joy in being active no matter what your limitations are.

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