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Y classes add fun and credits for Roanoke students

Published On: Jul 07 2013 12:36:22 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 07 2013 01:42:42 PM EDT



While some kids might be spending this summer on their couch watching t.v. and playing video games, others have their minds on school.

Some Roanoke City School students may be playing volleyball, but they're also earning credits.

The school system and Kirk Family YMCA have teamed up so kids can earn half a physical education credit.

Teens just have to complete a program at the "Y" and participate in 70-hours of physical activity over a three-month period.

"It really gets them to try something new because they get to go around the Y and try group exercise, they get to try competitive sports together, to workout in the wellness center, so they get to learn things they might not have known how to do before they got here," explains communications director Kim Bratic.

The "Y" says the program has been going on for several years and seems to be growing.

It's offered to city high school and alternative school students.