Hillcrest Elementary is seeking support for a fleet of 25 bikes, helmets, kickstands, and curriculum.
Hillcrest Elementary is a junior kindergarten through third grade school located in Brookings, South Dakota. The physical education department is a setting where the students can engage in physical activity in order to develop a foundation for positive overall well-being. Hillcrest Elementary wants to expose students to a number of different lifelong activities in order to ignite interest in activities they could do outside of physical education.
Every day, students are engaged in physical fitness activities in order to develop healthy habits. The emphasis is on heart health and in order to get a strong heart, one must move their body. I emphasize trying new things and never be afraid to try and fail, because the only way we learn, is through pushing ourselves to get better not staying where you are comfortable. Not only is failure a good thing, but physical education is a safe place to do that. Students are expected to be kind to one another and encourage their classmates’ growth. I believe the [All Kids Bike] program will emphasize this process because at the kindergarten level, students may not know how to ride a bike or been on a bike, which can be scary. Having these bikes in my classroom will encourage students to try new things and know they are in a safe place to try something new.
Lifelong wellness outside of the classroom can be a challenge for some students. Often times, students are not sure what their interests are. In physical education, I provide different units that are designed to expose students to as many activities they can do on their own to create physically healthy habits. Many people have fallen in love with riding bike to develop those healthy habits. This program will help ignite students’ interest in bike riding and want to continue learning outside of school and use their bikes to engage in physical activity.
Hillcrest elementary would benefit greatly from the access to the [All Kids Bike] Program. The bikes fit perfectly into the curriculum I am emphasizing to my students in multiple different ways. Not only is it a great activity to do outside of school to engage in physical activity, but it provides a challenge to students to experience and develop a new skill they will fall in love with. -- Austin Koenig, 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.