Being a new skateboarder can be tough – it can be hard to find the help you need and places to skate, to find out what tricks you should be learning, what gear you should buy (and avoid!), and more. But at Sartartia Middle School this is no longer difficult. SMS now has a skateboarding club thanks to Mr. Chris Spisak (an 8th grade math teacher at SMS), Mrs. Ginger Carrabine (principal at SMS), Mrs. Kelly Kallina (parent), and Mr. Matthew Jacobs (SMS student).
Starting the skateboard club was not easy, but Mrs. Carrabine felt that is was worth the effort. Creating a skateboard club gave the skaters at SMS a place to belong, a place where they can skate together and make friends, learn from each other, and have fun skateboarding. This is exactly what SMS student, Matthew Jacobs wanted when he presented his petition for a skateboard club to the principal at SMS.
The skateboard club meets every Thursday from 4:00 – 5:15. But there are certain rules that must be adhered to such as the students must be passing all their classes and they must have a helmet on before the leave the building to skate. Mrs. Carrabine believes in giving every student in her school a place to belong and the skateboard club has definitely done this for these students.
The focus of the club is more on keeping it relaxed, easy going, and functional. The main point is for skaters to be able to have fun with other skaters in a safe environment.