After the Bell: Rap school




Posted on June 2, 2010 at 8:10 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 2 at 4:31 PM

RICHARDSON — Every child has a gift; it's just a matter of finding what that gift is.

That's the philosophy of one unique program in the Richardson ISD which exposes students to a number of different opportunities, so they can find that gift.

It's not your typical science lesson. 

Students attending the Extended Day program at Richardson's Hamilton Park Pacesetter Magnet School are learning science through rap. 

"It also helps you remember stuff that you learned and the reflection and refraction part I learned that very day when I added it into the script.  So it was really fun to remember it all,"  said fifth grader Bethany Wolfe.

The students won't soon forget this after-school program. 

It offers many other activities kids may not be exposed to, like a cooking class and stomp team. 

It also gives kids a chance to play with kids they may not otherwise be able to on a daily basis, like in a kickball class. 

Rodrick Blalock is a parent volunteer, who gets a kick hanging out with his kids.  "I have a lot of fun here. Sometimes it's hard for me to go home in the afternoons," he said.

Activities are offered for two-week blocks at a time, which allows the students to sample a variety of activities.