The Fronteras Spanish Immersion School 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.
"I write this letter with great enthusiasm. I know this program would be an amazing addition to our school. We are a public school in Wasilla, Alaska serving various economic backgrounds kindergarten- eighth grade. We are very fortunate to have access to a gymnasium, trails, and outdoor grounds where we could fully utilize the strider bikes. The students impress me every day with their willingness to learn and try new sports and skills. I am confident we would be a success story of your program.
Recently we were fortunately given a generous lend from a local organization, Trailside Discovery, an outdoor organization that focuses on getting children active outdoors. Due to complications with Covid-19 pandemic, Trailside Discovery had a few weeks available for our school to borrow their cross-country ski gear. Usually, the skis would be fully booked up with camps and schools using the skis. Since we are one of the only districts to remain open in the state, we were able to take advantage of this amazing opportunity. The children were incredible on the skis. Most classes only had one or two children that had any experience. For most of the entire school kindergarten-eighth grade, it was their first-time skiing at school that day. Every single child no matter the age or the skill level was able to not only ski but enjoyed the process. We played noodle tag games, threw balls on skis, played a fun “tractor game” with a jump rope; it was a time of laughs and smiles no matter how many times each child fell. The experience gave them confidence, perseverance and sparked more enthusiasm for being active. I am certain this program would magnify the results and experience we had borrowing the skis. I know many children do not get the opportunity to learn how to bike here and I know I have the skillset and patience to teach them. If we had our own equipment, we could build even more on their skill set.
Students have a fifty-minute physical education class on excellent grounds for outdoor recreation almost daily. We are located near a trail system as well. Children need to be exposed and directly given opportunities to experience creative ways to stay active during our long Alaska winters and bike skills to utilize our other seasons. Many families and children are very eager to try these outdoor sports but are uncertain how to begin or are unable to afford the equipment. Many parents are also inspired and impacted when they come to volunteer or hear about the quality, positive experience their student is having in class. We danced, played ball games, along with learning skiing skills. This same model can be applied to any of the proposed equipment and can also be expanded to include various sports. Students can learn sports and skills simultaneously as skills progress. For example, students can pass balls, play frisbee, participate in team-building games on this equipment. So, students would have all the curriculum of physical education class but have an extra challenge and skill development learning on skis, bikes or kick sleds. The investment is versatile and will last many years and will be available for use for years. The bikes have a pedal extension to add on as students learn to balance their bikes and can be adjusted for size and include pedals as students' skills progress. Strider bikes can be utilized all year indoors and outdoors and fit students K-5 and with ski attachments that we can later work toward purchasing. Then the bikes can be used outdoors in every season.
We would be more than willing to share our success story with videos, photos, testimonies, or other ways to help inspire others. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity and I hope you seriously consider our school as a recipient of such a fantastic program."
- Guinevere Hill, Physical Education Teacher K-8 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.