Lindbergh Elementary School 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 Specialist, Tilda Richardson, is excited to see kids rolling in the classroom soon. Tilda says:"Few children in our community own their own bike, and consequently the ability to ride a bike is a skill that not many of our students have had the opportunity to learn. Each quarter we have an awards ceremony, where students are recognized for their academic achievements. Also included is recognition of one primary grade student and one intermediate grade student, who have demonstrated exemplary character. Their prize? A brand-new bike to call their own. This is a prize which is coveted by all, and the opportunity for the recipients to finally learn this invaluable skill.
The Physical Education department of Mesa Public Schools operates under the premise of, and has designed its curriculum to, introduce our students to a wide variety of inclusive activities, with an emphasis on those that can be experienced long into life outside of P.E. Cycling, perhaps more than any other, falls into this category. Learning to ride while young, offers enjoyment and health benefits well into old age. As one of my fellow cycling enthusiast friends noted, “the act of riding a bike is so delightful, it’s not surprising to hear the expression “WHEE”, no matter what the age of the rider!”.
As the school-based PE teacher of Lindbergh Elementary School, I feel it is my responsibility to instill in my students a love of activity, to bring an understanding of the lifelong benefits of being active, and to open their eyes to the many different ways for them to get and stay active. The novel “All Kids Bike” program satisfies all of those requirements and more. It is rather awe inspiring to look ahead to the time that the first group of kindergarten participants reach 6th grade graduation, for at that time, all students at Lindbergh will know how to ride a bike!
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.