Marengo Valley Home and School Association is seeking support for a fleet of 18 bikes, helmets, kickstands, and curriculum.
Marengo Valley School is a diminutive school nestled in the country. We are part of a bigger school district but the Home and School Association is always searching for grants that will enable our kids to perform better and improve!! [All Kids Bike] would be the icing on the cake, as we recently paved a track behind our school! Living in a rural area, black top is rather scarce! This opportunity would create a fabulous opportunity for the kindergartners (and 4k) to learn to ride a bike! The black top track needs more than just foot traffic during physical education class, and bikes would be an absolute perfect addition!
We are a low income school, as 75% of the students receive free and reduced lunches. There are 170 students enrolled, and it’s challenging to receive proper funding for diverse, innovative learning! This grant would have a profound impact on our kindergartners, and possibly 4 year olds, as we have a 4K program possibly starting as well. The earlier they learn to develop balance and strength with their best friend, the bike, the better! Bike riding is a life-long skill so why not learn it as soon as possible! We are continually trying to find as many diverse activities as possible for the kids to have at school, especially anything outdoors. Increased activity will improve the overall health of the kids, and enables them to learn better! Our school would push the limits of these bikes and not one would rust away! -- Erica Falt, President Assistant
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.