Pocatello Community Charter School is seeking support for a fleet of 18 bikes, helmets, kickstands, and curriculum.
"Here at Pocatello Community Charter School (PCCS), we value a learning environment that helps develop a love of learning, critical thinking, and self-reliance. In order to achieve our educational goals, we offer a unique and out of the classroom environment that allows our students to facilitate their learning through a variety of channels. This creates our students to; think at a high level, work hard to overcome difficult challenges with no excuses, persist to achieve their personal best relative to previous performance, seek to improve the world around them, and treat others with kindness and respect through group work. One of the channels that we have seen a tremendous positive impact is through our biking program for grades 6th-8th, Riding for Focus. Finding alternative ways to create lifelong healthy habits is critical, and to start at a young age we feel would be propitious. We want and feel that we could implement a successful Kindergarten biking program at our school!
As mentioned above, Riding for Focus (RFF) is a program that identifies the connection between riding and improved outcomes for children in the program. These students show marked improvements in fitness, academics, mental, and social skills. We also have a much higher attendance rate with RFF students as compared to other students. Kids thrive when they are doing something fun and challenging and we are creating data that backs this theory up. We want to bring cycling through the whole school and the All Kids Bike program will be a perfect way to start. Having a Kindergarten specific cycling program would benefit our students the moment they begin their educational journey.
PCCS is excited about this program, and feel that we are ready and a good fit for All Kids Bike. The benefits that our students, staff, parents, and the overall culture are numerous and far outweigh any drawbacks. Our school is confident that we can execute the program with our current infrastructure and will need very little in addition to the bikes and teaching materials. We are a full proponent of having all people ride on bikes, and look forward to our potential partnership with All Kids Bike!" -- Travis Kumm, PCCS Adventure Coordinator
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.