Library offering skateboarding lessons – Keweenaw Report
The Portage Lake District library is totally rad. By combining skateboarding lessons with STEM lessons, Library Director Dillon Geshel and Rabbit Island Foundation Director Andrew Ranville will showcase a new side of the popular sport.
“I have been skating since I was a teenager and the culture around skateboarding is really
shaped who I am as an individual, ”says Geshel. “For students who aren’t as interested in organized sports or other extracurricular activities at school, skateboarding can be a great recreational activity. We want to share the many positive elements of skate culture with a new generation of local children.
The class is in session at the Rad Academy on Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings at the Houghton Waterfront Skatepark. It is scheduled from August 19 to September 11 and is aimed at children aged 9 to 12. The sessions are free, but participation is limited with on-site registration. Parents must sign a liability waiver.
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Free skateboarding lessons are coming soon to Houghton MI Skatepark. The Portage Lake District Library (PLDL) is launching a new program, Rad Academy, which includes skateboarding lessons and related events at the Houghton Waterfront Skatepark.
The program capitalizes on 35 years of skateboarding experience between PLDL Library Director Dillon Geshel and Rabbit Island Foundation Director Andrew Ranville and offers skateboarding lessons and project-based STEM activities related to the culture of action sports.
“I’ve been skating since I was a teenager, and the culture surrounding skateboarding has really shaped who I am as an individual,” said library director Dillon Geshel. “For students who aren’t as interested in organized sports or other extracurricular activities at school, skateboarding can be a great recreational activity. We want to share the many positive elements of skate culture with a new generation of local children.
Generous support from the Portage Health Assistants helped fund the purchase of six skateboards, support pads and helmets, and more. Local youth aged 9 to 12 can attend walk-in skateboarding lessons Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. between August 19 and September 11. Skateboarding equipment is available on a first come, first served basis. Snacks and refreshments will also be provided.
Although participation in the program is limited, some related STEM events will be open to all members of the community. “One of our Rad Academy events will include an outdoor physics demonstration, and that’s something we’ll invite the whole community to attend,” said Geshel. “Other STEM activities will specifically target students participating in skate education, such as photography and graphic design workshops. ” More information on
accompanying events will be available in the near future.
Upon completion of the program, some participating students will also have the opportunity to use their newfound skills to design and press their own skateboard deck in collaboration with Gnarlywood, a California-based skateboard maker linked to the Houghton area.
Parents or guardians will be required to sign a liability waiver for their children to participate, which will be available on site at each event. Library programs are free and open to everyone. For more information about Rad Academy and other events, contact the library at 906-482-4570 or email [email protected]