As students prepare for the 2020-21 school year, it’s essential to know about new classes. One of the latest courses offered at Finley Junior High that needs student participants is Partner PE.
Partner PE allows students with disabilities to gain skills while working one-on-one with a peer. This hands-on program provides more opportunities for the life skills students as their partners lead them through modified physical activities. Students learn to play sports, have fun with a variety of games, and train for the Special Olympics.
“My classmates should consider joining Partners PE to give back, and if they are shy, it’s a good way to step out of their comfort zone,” said eighth-grade student Ella Crow.
Finley Junior High is the first campus in Waxahachie ISD to incorporate Partner PE as a course. The program was introduced in the 2018-19 school year and was fully implemented this year.
“In this past year, we’ve seen our kids’ confidence grow, and friendship circles expand,” said Finley coach Brenden Glynn. "Life skills students benefit more from working in smaller groups and definitely with people who are the same age."
Partner PE is ideal for someone with a positive attitude who has a passion for helping others. This course is available to all seventh and eighth-grade students at Finley. This course counts as a PE credit and is also open to students already enrolled in athletics.
Around 15 to 20 students will be selected to be in the program. Those interested are required to fill out an application that is located outside the counselors’ office. The deadline to apply is Feb. 28.