North Branch Elementary School is seeking support for a fleet of 26 bikes, helmets, kickstands, and curriculum.
North Branch Elementary School is one of the largest public elementary schools in Michigan, serving over 850 students (K-4) annually. Serving an average of 230 kindergarten students each year, the All Kids Bike initiative would have a profound impact on our community. North Branch Elementary School is fully committed to developing the whole child. In order for our students to be successful, life-long learners, we aim to provide opportunities to build students’ confidence, self-efficacy, and overall wellness. The All Kids Bike initiative would provide the means to further that mission. As your organization is aware, learning biking skills is about so much more than simply learning how to ride a bike. In addition to its physical health benefits, learning to ride a bike improves students’ overall self-efficacy and confidence. According to a recent survey, 65% of our kindergarteners do not know how to ride a bike.
North Branch, Michigan is a rural community with very limited access to paved sidewalks, parks, or other infrastructures that would allow kids to practice biking skills safely. The All Kids Bike initiative would not only give our students the tools they need to learn biking skills, it would also allow our students the opportunity to practice biking skills in a safe environment. As the building’s physical education teacher, I am fully committed to teaching my students biking skills, and our administration fully supports this endeavor. Our school’s previous work in applying for a major grant with Michigan’s Safe Routes to Schools Program (provides funding for the development of infrastructure that supports walking and biking to school) is further evidence that we are dedicated to providing such opportunities for our community. -- Rachel Van Dyk, 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.