Elementary educator sees big success with early P.E.

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BIG SPRING, Texas (KOSA) -- Students are going to school early once a week ... and liking it.

Every Wednesday morning at 7 a.m., P.E. Coach Joseph Bright opens the doors to the gym at Goliad Elementary in Big Spring, Texas to give students an extra opportunity to connect.

"I got closer to them because we like playing basketball and we have a lot in common," said Neveah, a Goliad Elementary student.

An average of 80 kids run through the gym doors before class and it's having a positive effect on and off the court.

"We've great response from the community. The kids and parents love this - you can see them having fun," said Coach Bright.

Coach Bright is taking a shot with these kids, and he says the results are a slam dunk.

"Instead of sitting outside in front, waiting for the doors to open, I thought it would be cool to bring them inside, let them run around and give them the opportunity to communicate with one another," said Coach Bright.

The unique program is open to all Goliad Elementary students ranging from kindergarten to 4th grade. Coach Bright says he’s seeing new participants join each session and hopes to increase the program to two days a week after spring break.

Read the original version of this article at cbs7.com.