ALICIA - Part II
Q & A with Alicia.
Q: What's your age:
A: I am 11 years old. I will be 12 on Veterans Day.
Q: What grade are you in?
A: I am in 6th grade.
Q: What's your favorite subject? What do you like about it?
A: My favorite subject is language arts. I love to write, especially poetry.
Q: What’s your least favorite subject? What don’t you like about it?
A: My least favorite subject is drama. I don’t get uncomfortable onstage, I just don’t enjoy acting.
Q: If you gained superhero powers, what would they be…and how could you use them to make your life, those around you, or the world better?
A: I would choose the superpower of common sense. I would show people how to see what is justice and what is not. I would help people create peace for everyone.
Q: If you had a money tree and enough rain and sun to keep it healthy, how would you spend it?
A: Right now, Puerto Rico is still devastated from hurricane Maria. I would use the money to donate to Puerto Rican hurricane relief. You can help too, donate to: https://hispanicfederation.org/
(But if I had some left over I would buy some orange converse all stars)
Q: Provided all opportunities possible, what’s your ideal adult career?
A: I don’t know at all yet, because, after all, I am an 11 year old kid. But I am very interested in art and would probably be fine as a children’s book illustrator. I also enjoy writing, so I would enjoy being a journalist, but I would be unable to express my opinion.
Q: Since beginning our kids fitness classes, what do you feel best about?
A: I feel strong! I am proud to be strong, no matter how other people see me. Only about a year ago, I couldn’t even do a push-up, or a cartwheel, and after building up my upper body strength slowly, I have achieved so much today.
Q: What keeps you wanting to come to class again and again?
A: I have friends I don’t get to see at school in the fittest me, so that’s always a plus. I come again and again because I know that these classes will make a difference in my life, even if it doesn’t feel that way at first. I also love my supportive and wise coach, Rebecca Boskovic.
Q: What’s your current skill goal that you want to achieve?
A: I still want to be able to do a pull up, and I know I can if I keep slowly building up my upper body strength.
Q: If a friend was considering taking Kids in Motion, Kids Unplugged or Teens on the Move, why would you recommend they join?
A: I still feel proud when I explain to kids in my grade level what the fittest me is. I tell them it’s not like Physical education class at school, where everyone is expected to be perfect and be able to do the same things, like push ups, for example. At the fittest me, I couldn’t do push-ups at first, so I started with box push ups. I tried to do box push ups at my PE class, and someone came up to me and said I was doing “girl push ups” and I “don’t know how to do push ups correctly” I got so angry I stood up and said, “ Excuse me, but I know grown men who do box push ups, and that is okay. I was taught to do push-ups like this by a certified crossfit trainer.” And then I corrected their push-up form (their hands were facing inwards). So, when a PE teacher tells students to do 20 push-ups, not every kid is ready for that! Because if you are not ready to do 20 push ups, and you try to, most likely your form will become sloppy. Once you learn the proper form, and build up upper body strength, you will be able to do 20 push-ups. Every child deserves to learn movements like push ups correctly, and move at their own pace, not the “average” pace.
"Thanks for being you, Alicia. Beauty and grace are what I see."