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Bronxville Gym Teachers Improvise After Flood

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. –  As teachers at Bronxville schools settled in for the new school year, some of the district's nine gym teachers sat in the cafeteria, sharing a laptop computer figuring out how they will conduct gym class.

The flood waters of Irene destroyed the gym floor which had to be carried out in pieces. The result has left teachers with no place to conduct class and little in the way of equipment. Databases and lesson plans on computers in the athletic department office were also lost in the flood.

But physical education teachers Brian Parise and Denise Valentine were not worried on the day before school started.

“We are going to meet with the kids, as scheduled, and we will get through this,” Parise said.

Parise said that he was sure Athletic Director Karen Peterson would offer suggestions.

“I also know that the kids will understand that things are going to be different for a while, and they are great kids and usually pretty cooperative with us,” Parise added.

Valentine said this was also a time when some old fashioned games, like tag, might come in handy.

“Hopefully the weather will cooperate with us and we will be able to hold class outside,” Valentine said.

Parise said he plans on making some adjustments to his lesson plans.

“We can jump ahead to lessons on nutrition or work on form and balance,” Parise said. “One way or another we will figure it out.”

Valentine said she was not worried either.

“We know a lot of things we can do without equipment,” she said. “We have been through this before, we’ll get through it again.

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