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Ascension students face the music in P.E.

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GEISMAR- School is back in session in Ascension Parish and some students at Dutchtown Primary are facing the music.

It's part of a grant started by Kathleen Guedry, a PE teacher at the school, that incorporates music into Phys Ed classes to help teach students math and social studies concepts.

"By sticking the math in there or by putting the history in there, they're learning a little bit more about what they're doing," said Guedry.

Guedry hopes to weave in counting and tempo concepts as well as history about famous composers, while the students learn about fitness, something other teachers know will improve their core education.

"Whenever you can really let the different subjects crossover one another, they might not even realize they're doing math, when you can use something that speaks to them, to their generation, they enjoy math and it kind of lets their confidence come through," said Tammy Carpenter, a third grade math teacher.

Guedry will use the $500 grant to buy new music and a speaker system for the students.

As for the kids, they're all ears.

"Mixing PE with music seems like a good way to go, I love PE and I love music," said Daphne Juneau, a third grader at Dutchtown Primary.

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