Cloverdale Elementary School’s fourth-graders have something this week to make skiing a little easier — snow.
Bonneville Joint School District 93 started a fourth-grade skiing program this school year, rotating the skis between elementary schools to give everyone a chance. For most of this winter, though, Mother Nature hasn’t been very cooperative, forcing students to practice skiing around the school hallways.
After last weekend’s snow, though, there was enough to do some real cross-country skiing outside. The skis were at Cloverdale and Rimrock elementary schools this week. On Monday and again on Tuesday, Cloverdale’s fourth-graders took to a track in the field next to the school, groomed courtesy of the Idaho Falls Ski Club.
“They just love it,” said Julie Abbott, elementary school physical education coordinator. “It’s just so cool.”
It was better weather than the last time they had the skis, said fourth-grade teacher Lisa Cornelsen.
“We have been coming outside on the frozen grass,” she said.
This will likely be the last week this year Cornelsen’s class has the skis. She said they hope to get some more skiing in before the end of the week.
“We’re hoping to do it a couple more days,” she said.
Some students at Rimrock were able to get days in of skiing on snow shortly after Christmas, Abbott said.
“The third day, they were just skiing in the rain, but there was still enough snow,” she said. “All the other schools just skied in the halls.”
Other than that, this week has been the first this year the students have had snow on which to ski. The skis will move on to a different elementary school after this week, Abbott said.
“They’ll be rotating until there is no snow,” she said.
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