Originally published May 1, 2017 in the Tampa Bay News.
By Jeffrey S. Solochek, Times Staff Writer
ZEPHYRHILLS — Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars pulsed through the speakers as the Chester Taylor Elementary fifth-graders took the field against their fourth-grade foes.
“Next up, Jeffery,” 10-year-old Gabriela Rodriguez announced, while statisticians Gabriel Thomas, 11, and Jacob Young, 10, prepared their scorecards for the championship softball game.
The event represented much more than a championship contest, though. It marked the culmination of a new way of teaching physical education aimed at making the lessons more academic.