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Fort Worth students ice skate for the first time

Fort Worth ISD Students Visit Panther Island Ice

Fort Worth ISD students ice skate at Panther Island Ice as part of the Schools on Skates program.
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Fort Worth ISD students ice skate at Panther Island Ice as part of the Schools on Skates program.

Alex Calvillo, a fifth-grader at Meadowbrook Elementary School, felt butterflies in his stomach when he headed to school early Tuesday.

“I think I’m going to fall on my butt all the time,” he said, as he stood in line at Panther Island Ice, where he was about to fasten a pair of skates for the first time.

The 10-year-old was among the more than 100 students at Meadowbrook Elementary who took part in the “Schools on Skates” program sponsored by Trinity River Vision Authority, Bank of Texas, Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce and Blue Zones Project.

There’s an opportunity gap for our children and this is an opportunity for them to have an application of math and science. The math lesson here is angular momentum; it’s physics, science and math. Speed. Velocity.

Trustee Tobi Jackson

The program is in its third year, said Matt Oliver, spokesman for the Trinity River Vision Authority.

Students from more than 18 Fort Worth schools are expected to take part this year. The hope is to have students from every district school participate over the next three years.

“There’s an opportunity gap for our children, and this is an opportunity for them to have an application of math and science” while skating, Fort Worth school board Trustee Tobi Jackson said. “The math lesson here is angular momentum; it’s physics, science and math. Speed. Velocity.”

Jackson represents District 2, which includes Meadowbrook Elementary.

For Abigail Perez, 10, standing with skates on ice was a challenge.

“I knew it was going to be slippery,” she said while holding on to the fencing around the rink. “I’ve roller-skated. but I’ve never ice-skated.”

Jose Pina, 11, was a pro from the get-go, however. He made ice skating look effortless as he slid from one side of the rink to the other.

“This is my first time,” he said with a smile.

Fort Worth school district Trustee Christene Moss also attended the event, which was held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

“I’m here on behalf of the students,” Moss said. “It’s all about the students and getting them more involved in activities.”

Tarrant County inner city youngsters take part in ice skating program at Panther Island Ice. Fort Worth Star-Telegram/Yamil Berard

Yamil Berard: 817-390-7705, @yberard

If you go

Panther Island Ice Rink at the Coyote Drive-In complex, 223 N.E. 4th St., Fort Worth

Open: Friday through Jan. 18.

Hours: 3-10 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 3-11 p.m. Fridays; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturdays; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sundays. See website for holiday hours.

Tickets: $11, includes skate rental and tax. See website for discounts.

Information: pantherislandice.com or 682-704-7711

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