Chamberlain Elementary School is seeking support for a fleet of 24 bikes, helmets, kickstands and curriculum.
My name is Holly Evans. I teach BK-5th grade at the Chamberlain Elementary School. Our school is located in central South Dakota right on the Missouri River. We are a Title I school, which means more that 40 % of our students receive free and reduced lunches. A lot of our students are not given the opportunity to ride bikes. I feel all kids should be provided a chance to learn to balance and pedal a bike. I feel it would increase confidence, social skills, and independence.
Biking will also help children develop their leg muscles and strengthen their bones. The continued exercise will help build their stamina and improve their cardiovascular development. It will also increase their coordination and balance.
If our school were granted into the All Kids Bike program, I would introduce the program to the large group first. I would then use the bikes in stations when working on balance. While kids are cruising around gaining independence, they will also be working on building core strength, spatial recognition, and burning off tons of energy. The benefits of learning to pedal are endless. This is a concept that everyone can learn to accomplish. -- Holly Evans, 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.