Fifty students who attend the Before and After School Care program at Timberline Elementary got some expert instruction when they went ice skating on Jan. 5; they learned to skate with the help of players from the Colorado Avalanche.“They taught our students how to skate, shoot and score,” said Leslie Navarro-Walker, Timberline’s Before and After Care director. “Avalanche players, the Avalanche Ice Girls, Bernie the Avalanche Mascot and several volunteers all helped to make an amazing experience for our students!”The outing was part of the Colorado Avalanche “Break the Ice” program, which gives Denver area students with little or no skating experience the opportunity to receive free skating instruction at the Avalanche practice facility at Family Sports Center in Centennial.Navarro-Walker discovered the program when she was looking for innovative ways to engage before- and after-school students in the community through physical education. The Avalanche provided a bus, skating equipment for the students during their time on the ice and a T-shirt for every student to take home. The kids also got autographs from the Avs players and staff. “It really gave our students an opportunity to do something that not many of them have ever done before, and that’s ice skate,” said Navarro-Walker. She added that the program is also supported by energy company Center Point and shows the power of school/community partnerships.
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