Unique classes foster education at Super Saturday in Milton

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Ted Sullivan
Sunday, February 13, 2011
— Christian Cook ran across a foam mat, stopped at the edge and leaped over two obstacles in his way.

He went airborne, pulled his knees up to his chest and fanned his arms wildly while planting his feet on the landing.

He was practicing Le Parkour, an alternative sport where athletes jump, climb or roll over urban landscapes on the streets.

“I like to jump, and I like to do sports,” Christian said while taking a break from his Le Parkour class.

Christian was one of 350 kids in kindergarten through third grade who attended Super Saturday at Milton West Elementary School. Students got to take two of 29 classes not typically offered in school. The program has been running for 18 years.

Classes ranged from magic and karate to making balloon animals or puppets. Kids learned about horses in one class that included a live horse in the school’s foyer. Another option included live cats and dogs.

Children are willing to attend the classes on Saturday because of the unusual options, said Carol Meland, Milton West principal. Students sometimes start lifelong hobbies because of the offerings.

“I want students to think learning is amazing,” Meland said. “I hear kids start to ask about it in January. They’re excited several weeks in advance.”

In one room, 28 kids were practicing kicks in a karate class. In another, children were doing yoga. Children learned card games and tricks in another class. Others were playing chess.

Kobe Lueck, 7, said he was going to take the class with cats and dogs because he wants to have a dog when he is older. He also took the Le Parkour class.

“I can almost do the splits,” he said.

Logan Lee, 7, said he was looking forward to his magic class.

“I’ve got this magic set at my house, and I want to learn more magic tricks,” he said.

Addie Jazdzewski, 7, said she was taking a class about computers.

“Sometimes you get to read on them and sometimes you get to play,” she said.

Hannah Walleser, 7, was making a sock puppet in her class. She made a puppet last year but it broke. This year, she said she wanted to make a duck puppet.

“I went on a duck boat, and I liked it,” Hannah said. “My favorite animals are ducks.”

Last updated: 4:20 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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