FRANKFORT, Ind. (WLFI) – Gym class is a time for kids to work on their physical fitness and learn important aspects of a healthy lifestyle.
It’s also something physical education teacher Will Robbins takes great pride in.
“I don’t really teach an academic subject,” Robbins said. “I teach a life subject. Everyone has to know what to do to stay fit.”
But that is becoming increasingly difficult because of worn out equipment. Robbins and the rest of the staff do what they can but are in need of some help.
“We are at a maintenance level right now and eventually we are going to get to the point where we can’t maintain, and we need to buy something new,” said Robbins. “So that’s what this GoFundMe Me is for.”
At Frankfort High School, it’s not just the weightlifting that gets all the attention. It’s also other activities such as basketball, soccer and kickball.
Something quarterback Matt Snell believes is vital for physical fitness.
“We have other classes, obviously, besides just lifting weights,” Snell explained. “People that take lifetime sports, things like that. It can be an exciting class, if you have the equipment to do it.”
Robbins says 30 to 40 percent of the donations from the GoFundMe will go toward the weight room, mainly because the equipment is more expensive.
“I’d really like to see badminton, tennis. There are games like spike ball that have been tossed around that we really, really want to get,” Robbins said.
Both Robbins and Snell understand some people might not respect PE class, but they both know the importance of it.
“These kids really value education and it is our job, and we really try to do the best job to make it so they are able to succeed and be healthy and fit in their lifetime,” said Robbins. “Which is one of the best things you can do for a kid in their lifetime.”
Snell added, “Having a healthy community of young adults and high schoolers all around would be beneficial for our community.”