Cooper Elementary School is seeking support for a fleet of 30 bikes, helmets, kickstands and curriculum.
Cooper Elementary School in Bella Vista, AR is leading the charge to teach students how to become healthy for a lifetime. Our students are the only students in the Bentonville Schools District that receive daily physical education. With the emphasis on movement daily we have a wonderful opportunity to teach our students cycling. Our students live in a hilly area of Northwest Arkansas which isn’t conducive to learning to ride a bike. Most of our students did not know how to ride prior to our biking program being implemented. We began with our 2-4 grade students, but this year we are starting with our kindergarten and first graders. We will impact the riding skills of 270 students. Learning to ride a bike is so much more than physical. Learning to ride a bike gives young children confidence. This confidence changes lives. Strider bikes are what we need at Cooper in order to allow students to advance at their own pace, and the bikes will “grow” as our students grow. We are limited with storage space, as all PE departments are, so having bikes that can be used for multiple grade levels is very important. Bike riding is a lifetime activity that has many physical and mental benefits. When taught safely and correctly it gives the person confidence. Our young children today need confidence at a young age in order to help combat issues later in life. - Donna Lewis
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.