French Creek Elementary is seeking support for a fleet of 24 Strider AKB-Specific Bikes, helmets, pedal conversion kits, one Strider 20 Bike for teacher instruction, and curriculum.
"French Creek Elementary is situated in Upshur County, northcentral West Virginia and currently serves 220 Pre-K through 5th-grade students and their families. Due to the rural nature of the community, there are no sidewalks and most roads are very windy. Most children do not have a safe place to learn to ride a bike and many parents forego teaching this important part of childhood. Our school is in the process of installing a paved 500ft trail that will provide a safe place for our youngsters to experience the thrill of riding.
French Creek Elementary knows that the benefits of learning to ride a bike are countless and aligns itself with the All Kids Bike message. Not only does it improve confidence, core, and leg strength, but it increases bilateral coordination and balance. Learning how to ride a bike is truly the best of both worlds: Not only does it allow for students to have a sense of pride through learning, but it encourages physical fitness while strengthening their vestibular systems! Research shows that strong vestibular muscles are key in helping students remain focused and thereby increases their time on task. Due to the loss of learning caused by school closures amidst the pandemic, it has never been more important to maximize our instructional time in the classroom.
We look forward to partnering with All Kids Bike in allowing our kindergartners to experience a key element of childhood that they may otherwise not be afforded and can’t wait to see how they grow as learners and are inspired to begin a lifelong journey of fitness." - Mandi Neely, Classroom Teacher
All Kids Bike® is a national movement led by the Strider® Education Foundation, Inc. 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.