Peak Expeditionary School is seeking support for a complete Kindergarten PE Program, including a fleet of 26 Strider AKB-Specific Bikes, helmets, pedal conversion kits, one Strider 20 Bike for teacher instruction, and curriculum.
Principal, Tim Carlin, is excited to see kids rolling in the classroom soon. Tim says, "At Peak Expeditionary School we are driven to make learning challenging, meaningful, and adventurous! We started our school 3 years ago, when the former school Pennington Elementary was almost closed as one of the smallest and lowest achieving schools in our district. In these 3 short years, we have doubled student enrollment and doubled student achievement, completely changing the learning process for our kids and community.
A big part of our success has been creating an active learning process to engage students in every day at our school. This year, that was changed dramatically by our need to create a remote learning process due to COVID and have limited in person learning throughout the school year. With the limits to our ability to take kids out in the field to learn, we shifted our thinking and decided to create more adventure right out our door!
In the fall, we created the first bike park on school grounds in the state of Colorado! Here’s a short video where you can see our project in action: Peak Bike Park Project. This was a collaborative, community based effort to make biking a part of school for all of our students. Our ultimate goal is to have a bike for every student at our school (220) so that we can ensure they have access to a working bike and have a chance to bike at least once a week throughout the school year (weather permitting). We have already received donations that have helped us get closer to this goal, however we have limited resources for our PreK and Kindergarten students.
The donation of striders would actually start the development of biking skills at such an early age, it will ensure the natural progression of skills we would love to see for all students. It would also allow our youngest students to feel more a part of this biking community in our school and will support parents who do not have the means to buy such items, or the time to allow students to enjoy the strider bike learning process. Our school currently has 60% free and reduced lunch students and is a beautifully diverse community of 50% white and 50% minority students. We are driven to maintain our diversity in access to the unique learning experience we have here at Peak, so any donation will be something that helps us break down access barriers to biking that have been a traditional hinderancy to all people enjoying the sport."
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.