Port Angeles School District 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, Campbell Kirkman, is excited to get her kids rolling in the classroom soon. Campbell says,"The elementary physical education teachers in the Port Angeles School District are dedicated to providing our students with as many opportunities as possible to develop lifelong habits for a healthy, active lifestyle. One activity that we promote in our program is biking.
About 10 years ago we received a grant that provided a curriculum in bicycle and pedestrian safety, teacher training, and equipment (including a class set of bikes, helmets, and a trailer to store and haul them) for our 5th grade students. We have discovered in the time since we started this unit that each year more 5th grade students have not yet learned how to ride a bike.
This unit is intended for students who already have the basic bike-riding skills. Even with 1:1
adult assistance, it is challenging to teach 11-year olds how to ride a bike while their classmates
are practicing using turn signals and riding bikes in the area around school.
Port Angeles is a bicycle-friendly city. We have many miles of off-road and paved bike trails,
bike lanes on our major thoroughfares, bike clubs, community-sponsored bike races and other
non-competitive riding events, a popular BMX track, and a new pump track is in the process of
construction. With so many local opportunities for riding, we want to make sure each of our
students leave our elementary schools with the skills and knowledge to ride a bike safely.
We learned about the All Kids Bike program through one of our teachers whose son is actively
involved in BMX racing. The BMX park operator not only suggested this program, but he is also
willing to contribute up to half the cost to fund it. That was an offer that we couldn’t refuse!
Our small, rural school district often faces financial concerns. The elementary PE department
periodically holds fundraisers to build up our program. Our community has been supportive of
these efforts, and we are confident they will support this proposal as well. Our goal now is to
raise the funds needed to implement the All Kids Bike program in our schools. One class set of
bikes will work for our five elementary schools, in that we would share the bikes through a
rotation much like we have been doing with the bikes for our 5th graders. This will be a fantastic
opportunity for our Kindergarten students to not only develop the balance and skills to ride a
bike, but also the confidence that comes with that accomplishment."
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.