North Polk West Elementary School is seeking support for a fleet of 25 bikes, helmets, kickstands and curriculum.
As an elementary physical education teacher, I love to see students around town and in my ownneighborhood being active in various ways. Over the years, I’ve started to see a decrease in the outdoor activity habits of our population. Specifically, I’m starting to see fewer and fewer students riding bicycles. I came across a post on a PE Facebook page that talked about how awesome the All Kids Bike movement was. I knew immediately that I needed to research the organization and find out how I could get my students involved. After looking through the website, this is a perfect opportunity for the students of this school. If West Elementary is awarded this equipment, hundreds of students will benefit. There are close to 120 students in kindergarten and 55% of them do not know how to ride a bicycle yet. Students in this school have PE every other day for 30 minutes, so this program could be implemented quickly and effectively. Since our PE department already owns helmets for skateboarding at the older grade levels, we would only require the bikes to implement. I am fully on board with teaching all students how to ride a bicycle. Not only is it a great activity for building physical fitness but also it will improve their self-confidence and self-esteem. Thank you for considering North Polk West Elementary for the All Kids Bike movement! - Mark Jungmann, 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.