"Jab, cross, hook, upper cut," it sounds like boxing, it looks like boxing, but it's a p.e. class at Schreiber High School. When you mix together, boxing, marital arts and a p.e. class working on developing strength and fitness you get Schreiber's newest p.e. class, "Kickboxing." This activity just introduced into the physical education curriculum is being taught by phsical eduication teacher and fitness expert, Robin Cooper. She explains, "it's a fantastic program as it not only raises one's strength and fitness levels but it is also a stress reliever." If you didn't know you were at Schreiber you would think you were in Gold's gym as there are punching bags, properly called "Wave Masters" and the students are outfitted with protection pads and boxing gloves. Ms. Cooper is the recipient of a grant from the recently established Port Washington Education Foundation which funded all the new equipment for kickboxing.
Two senior girls, Phyllis Record and Allison Maraboli both agreed, "It's quite a workout and at the same time a great way of letting off a lot of steam." Phyllis emphasized, "I know I'm improving my strength as I've never worked my upper body so much."
What's so wonderful about this activity, is that each student has their own wave master, therefore they each work at their own pace. Depending on one's individual strength determines the intensity of the workout. Every student progresses, each reaching their own individual goals, just the way "Rocky" did!