McNair Elementary students recently were introduced to street hockey thanks to the St. Louis Blues and the team's Street Blues program.
Two members of the Blues Street Team visited the school Jan. 7 to start a week-long program of teaching street hockey during P.E. class.
Students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade were given lessons in stick-handling, passing, and shooting.
At the end of the lessons, students were able to take what they had learned and compete in full games against one another.
P.E. teacher Nick Scott registered McNair for the program as a way to allow students to try something new.
"I hope this gives our students an opportunity they may not have ever had," Scott said. "I want them to enjoy P.E. and the different sports P.E. encompasses."
As part of the program, the school received an entire set of hockey sticks, goalie pads and masks, and two goals, allowing McNair to incorporate hockey into its P.E. curriculum in the future.
The Street Blues initiative began in 2015 as a way to get St. Louis-area students introduced to and interested in playing hockey.
Scott said it's a great opportunity to provide an experience for students, get active, and partner with the community.
"I think it's very important to get our students involved in our community and to have our community involved with our students," he said. "The St. Louis Blues are an amazing organization that always wants to give back."
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