Gannett Peak Elementary is seeking support for a fleet of 20 bikes, helmets, kickstands and curriculum.
Learning to ride a bike is an important skill that every child should learn. A few bumps and bruises may happen in the beginning but once a kid has mastered it, riding a bike is a skill that will stay with that child for life.
Bike riding is a skill that comes with a whole range of benefits. While most of us know that regular cycling contributes to better physical health, there are plenty of other reasons why learning to ride a bike is more important than ever. Sometimes it’s the simple things in life that are the most rewarding. Learning to ride a bike is one of them. Once your child has a bike, cycling is a fun and free activity that they can enjoy with friends and family for life.
Basic guidelines for physical health recommend that children should engage in at least one hour of vigorous physical activity every day to stay healthy. However, according to The Heart Foundation, as many as 80% of American children aren’t meeting these guidelines. Adding a component to our Physical Education curriculum, such as bike riding, will help to establish healthy exercise habits that are likely to stay with our students for life.
Riding a bike not only improves physical fitness, it also benefits children's learning development and mental health. Research shows that students who ride a biketo school are more focused and ready to learn, compared with those who are driven.
Taking part in regular physical activity also has links to increase happiness, as well as giving kids more opportunities to make social connections.
Lander is a very unique community that sits at the base of the famous Wind River mountain range. We have a larger than average outdoor community due to our proximity to the mountains. We have multiple bike shops and outdoor shops that represent a community with a passion for outdoor activities, such as riding bikes. However, our community also has a large number of families that can’t afford to purchase bikes for their children. This program and this opportunity to incorporate a bicycling unit into school would greatly benefit all the students and families involved. -- Zac Fisher, 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.