by Lisa Tome
Jacob Weglarz had a private mini-celebration each time he circled the Rising Sun Middle School gymnasium last week.
Weglarz, a sixth grader at the school, was wearing roller skates. He had participated in the skating unit in physical education class and was still getting the hang of navigating on eight wheels.
"I think I'm gaining balance. While you're going fast, it's hard going in circles. It's easy to balance but it's hard to gain speed," said Weglarz. "It's frustrating when you fall over. But when I make it around (the gym) I'm happy."
He said that the event was sort of a metaphor for life - "if you fall down get back up." "If my friends fall down, I'll help them up. Or anybody else," said Weglarz.
Weglarz was one of the school's students who participated in the sixth grade American Heart Association fund raiser at the school on Monday. The event was a culminating activity for the skating unit. Each student also paid $3 to skate. That money was donated to the American Heart Association.
Physical Education teacher Dave Beard said in addition to raising money, they also learned about the obesity rate in Cecil County and ways to live a healthier life.
Jackie Bolado took a fall and a break while skating. He talked about the American Heart Association. "If someone needs a heart transplant, they can get it," said Bolado. "Roller skating is fun. I fell and hit my knee really bad."
Lily Bagrowski got the hang of skating. "It's fun and it's easier than I expected," said Bagrowski.
This was the first of two roller skating events held at Rising Sun Middle last week. On Wednesday night, the school hosted a skate night for families.