Goose Bay Elementary School is seeking support for a fleet of 30 bikes, helmets, kickstands and curriculum.
Goose Bay Elementary School is a public school in Wasilla, Alaska, providing a quality education to approximately 350 students, pre-kindergarten through second grade. Wasilla is the largest town in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley, and Goose Bay is one of the area’s twenty-six elementary schools. The thirty Strider bikes that we hope to receive through our partnership with the Strider Education Foundation will be used in our physical education classes during the school year, as well as during the summer months in conjunction with an amazing, local non-profit “Kids’ Kupboard.” Kids’ Kupboard provides free lunches at sites throughout the Mat-Su Valley, from the day school gets out for summer vacation, until the day the kids return to school in the fall. Several of these free-lunch sites are located at elementary school playgrounds and parking lots. My hope is to bring the Strider bikes to particular locations for two weeks at a time, providing Strider lessons to kids ages 4-7 years. Using the 8-lesson curriculum, the kids will get a chance to practice their cycling skills, and earn the gift of a bicycle helmet upon successful completion of the two-week program. The Mat-Su Valley is the fastest growing area of our state. Every summer is filled with construction, and each new road brings with it a new paved pathway. As a teacher with nearly 30 years of physical education experience, I can tell you it’s not uncommon to have students who know how to drive 4-wheelers and snow machines, but are unable to ride a bicycle. My hope is that this program will help to change that. Thank you for your work with the Strider Education Foundation. I look forward to bringing this program to Alaska, seeing those new bike paths filled with young riders, wearing both a smile and a bike helmet! - Nancy Blake, 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.