Merrill Elementary School is seeking support for a fleet of 18 bikes, helmets, kickstands, and curriculum.
Merrill Community Schools is located in the rural village of Merrill, Michigan. The district serves approximately 550 students in grades K-12. We are a fairly high poverty school district. 60% of our student body receives free and/or reduced lunches/meals. We serve a significant large number of at-risk, high needs students.
As educators, we totally understand the need to promote physical activities into the lives of our students, children, at a very young age. Research supports the need to acquire healthy habits, active life styles, early on. Research suggests that regular physical activity tends to build the students’ self-confidence, improves their ability to socially engage, and to pay attention, stay focused. Other benefits would include a reduction in the number of student/children health-related problems, such as Type II Diabetes and childhood obesity. Our school district is proactively attempting to address issues associated with the increase in the frequency of childhood diseases. We are and have been researching programs, practices, and strategies that will address this cultural challenge. Our staff realizes that we have our students only 9% of their life, and that whatever systemic programs the district implements, must also extend into their homes. The “All Kids Bike Program” will assist us in addressing our concerns/issues cited. -- Greg McMillan, Asst. to Superintendent
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.