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Cool School: Aaron Cohn Middle School

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COLUMBUS, Ga. - A Muscogee County middle school has a unique physical education program for their special need students. News Three's Naomi Keitt shows us inside this week's cool school, Aaron Cohn Middle School.

"It's a great opportunity for them. It has a lot of benefits," said Natalie Bowman, Autism Support Teacher.

Bowman is talking about the adapted physical education class. It's a unique experience for special needs students at Aaron Cohn Middle School. Students spend one hour every other day in the gym learning regular physical education skills with a special group.

"They work on coordination. They work on following directions. They work on standards that the typical middle school kids are working on," said Bowman.

They start each class with a physical activity like high knees, jumping jacks, and capture the flag. Then they learn a specific skill like underhand toss. Physical education teacher Kacy Ingram says the skills the special needs students learn are beneficial to their daily lives.

"Physical education is important for all students to improve their overall health and to help them to live a better and longer life," says Ingram.

Bowman says it's make a huge difference inside the classroom as well.

"Also the benefits of learning to follow directions. Learning to follow directions from other teachers besides myself and the teachers that they work with on a more regular basis. It's a new group of faces. It also gives them a bigger support group so there's more adults interacting with them reinforcing the skills that they're learning throughout the day," said Bowman.

Physical education teachers say the experience is very rewarding.

"Sometimes we as teachers get more out of this class than we do the other classes," said Ingram.

If you are interested in nominating your school you can email Naomi Keitt at nkeitt@wrbl.com

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