Abby Kelley Foster Charter Public School is seeking support for a fleet of 26 bikes, helmets, kickstands, and curriculum.
"The Abby Kelley Foster Charter Public School is a K-12 Title 1 school district serving 1,426 students from very diverse backgrounds. Our three schools: elementary school, middle school, and high school share one campus and are located at 10 New Bond Street in Worcester, Massachusetts. Our student body is reflective of the populations in the city of Worcester. Our school community consists of 53% of students identifying as African American, 21% identifying as Hispanic, 20% identifying as White, and 6% identifying as other races. In addition, 65% of our students speak multiple languages in the home.
The goal of the Abby Kelley Foster Charter Public School is to assist parents in their role as primary educators of their child through academic excellence, musical competence, and character formation. The students and staff work collaboratively to grow and improve in the following character virtues: responsibility, truth, respect, kindness, self-discipline, fairness, perseverance, friendship, courage, and citizenship. At the elementary school, we value experiential learning and believe playtime is an organic time to develop these virtues. We are hoping to add a biking unit to the kindergarten and first grade physical education program to provide an additional form of outdoor play for our youngest students to be stretched and grow in their gross motor skill development as well as their self-confidence. The biking unit will allow us to uniquely work to develop strong interpersonal skills, such as perseverance and citizenship. Many of our students reside in neighborhoods where outdoor play and biking is limited or unavailable. We want to help our students learn this lifelong skill, find joy in physical activity, and encourage them to live healthier lives as they grow.
We are a strong community that knows the value of each of our students and the city in which they live. It is our hope that these bikes will also be used in collaboration with the Worcester Police Department to build relationships between our students, families, and public officials." - Kendra Warhol, PE Teacher
All Kids Bike® is a national movement led by the Strider® Education Foundation to place Kindergarten PE Learn-To-Ride Programs into public schools for free, using donations from individuals, businesses, and organizations. All Kids Bike is on a mission to teach every child in America how to ride a bike in kindergarten PE class.