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There are audible squeals as the kids in Rabble Mill’s summer skate school hear the news: each one of them gets to take home a new skateboard and helmet.

For eight weeks, 76 fourth and fifth grade students at Nelson Mandela Elementary have been learning how to skateboard from trained instructors. Before that, most of them hadn’t ever stepped on a skateboard.

“Thank you,” one student told instructors on the day of the giveaway, “I didn’t know that I loved skateboarding until now.”