Hamlin Education Center is seeking support for a complete Kindergarten PE Program, including a fleet of 24 Strider AKB-Specific Bikes, helmets, pedal conversion kits, one Strider 20 Bike for teacher instruction, and curriculum.
PE Teacher, Kayla Johnson, is excited to see kids rolling in the classroom soon. Kaylasays: " At the Hamlin Education Center, we strive to foster excellence with our students in all aspects of their life. Our program is centered on the basic principles of being respectful, being responsible, and being safe. We want to provide our students with the opportunity to develop the confidence and skills needed to ride a bike through our physical education program. Riding a bike is a skill we believe all children have a right to regardless with where they come from or socio-economic level. Biking is a great skill to develop in the early stages of life because it will empower them to enjoy a lifelong, independent, physical activity that will benefit them for many years to come. It is also a skill that families can enjoy together.
In our Hamlin Elementary physical education program, we serve 415 students in grades kindergarten thru fifth grade, with 73 of those students being in kindergarten. Our students are fortunate enough to have physical education for 30 minutes every day. That is an oddity in a time of rigor in test scores. Our district sees the importance of physical health, also. The All Kids Bike program would not only benefit the kindergarten students, but would also benefit those students in yearsto come, as students in upper grades will be able convert from a balance- to a pedal-bike.
We value each child and focus on educating our students in areas of wellness that include nutrition, health, and physical activity because being healthy involves all three components. We are also part of a Fresh Fruit and Vegetable grant that provides all elementary students with a healthy choice for a snack each day at school. Our physical education program teaches those nutrition facts. We want to lead our kids by example in what a healthy and fun lifestyle can look like outside of school and the All Kids Bike program will only strengthen our efforts. It will also help us further our teaching in another component of physical activity that can be enjoyed for a lifetime.
We are a Schoolwide Title I program because of our large population of low socio-economic level students. As a Tile I Schoolwide program with incredible students, we want to support our community by offering this program. We hope that this grant, if we receive it, will encourage family members to engage in physical activity together as a life-long activity. Helping them to develop stronger family bonds, while choosing health-enhancing activities for a lifetime, is a benefit to the students and eventually to the family unit. We look forward to working with the All Kids Bike Movement!"
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.