Parrish 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 Teacher, Brian Matzenbacher, is excited to see kids rolling in the classroom soon. Briansays:"The purpose of the request is so that we can help our students learn to ride a bike even if they don’t have their own bike at home. Parrish Elementary has a total enrollment of 436 students, of which 53% are considered to be low income. The socioeconomic status of many of our families limit their ability to purchase a bike for their child.
Not only would the All Bikes Program significantly impact our students but also our community. The City of Carbondale was recently awarded $2M in funding through the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program, the funding will extend the City’s current bike path along Route 13 and into several neighborhoods throughout the community. The bike path extension builds upon the regional plan to connect surrounding communities with a bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure.
The All Bikes Program will undoubtedly make a positive impact not only on our students but our community. The All Bikes Program coupled with the utilization of the new bike paths will benefit generations to come and will ensure that all our students have the opportunity to learn to ride a bike no matter their economic status."
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.