Lincoln Elementary School is seeking support for a fleet of 25 bikes, helmets, kickstands, and curriculum.
Lincoln Elementary School currently houses about 400 preschool through 5th grade students. I have recently been informed through a post on social media about the great opportunity to implement an All Kids Bike program utilizing strider bikes into my Kindergarten physical education program. In my PE program, I implement as many activities as I can to teach students about gross and fine motor skills, coordination, strength, and balance but without the proper equipment, it is extremely difficult to supply young students with the skills they need in order to learn how to ride a bike on their own time. To top this all off, many of these students do not have a bike of their own to go home and practice on.
Gering Public Schools has a fairly high percentage of low income families whose children attend school in the district and at Lincoln Elementary. These students may have never had the opportunity to ride a bike and also may not have a safe space to do so around their home. On top of this, many of them do not have someone in their household who has the time or knowledge that can help teach them how to ride a bike. Because of this, these students may go their entire childhood never having an opportunity to be taught the proper way to ride a bike along with bike safety precautions.
Lincoln Elementary also has many children who walk to and from school on a daily basis. Teaching these students how to ride a bike will give them the opportunity to incorporate another mode of transportation into their daily routine so they can make it to their destination safely. By teaching them how to do this during their time in Kindergarten physical education class, it may encourage family members to purchase these students their own bike to use. If we receive the strider bike curriculum, not only would we be giving students the opportunity to ride a bike, we will also be providing them with the proper safety equipment and bike safety training that they will need in order to successfully and confidently do so outside of school.
One of my goals as a physical education instructor is to provide my students with the knowledge they need to live a physically active lifestyle once they leave Lincoln Elementary School. Providing an opportunity for students to ride a bike during school will light a spark in these children who may have never had the opportunity to do so before and will encourage them to be more active, to participate in outdoor activities and play, and to learn something new. Teaching students that physical activity is fun will allow our school to take a step towards fighting childhood obesity in our community. As a mother of young children, I know the complications of finding the time, space, and equipment to properly develop the ability in my kids to ride a bike at home. I am a firm believer in outdoor physical activity and play, but I know the challenges of finding an adequate amount of time to do this in our busy lives. I know how grateful I would be as a parent for my children to be taught the skills that they need to ride a bike during their time in Kindergarten PE class. It is so important to teach children these important skills like coordination and balance while they are young so they can carry it with them all throughout their lives. The All Kids Bike Program would be a great opportunity for our school and for our Kindergarten students to be equipped with proper bike riding skills and bike safety for their entire lives. - Chelsey Loomis, 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.