Saint Pius X Catholic School is seeking support for a fleet of 24 bikes, helmets, kickstands, and curriculum.
"The year 2020, turbulent as it was, demonstrated at least two things: First, People crave, demand, and need Community; and Second, Movements are a viable process for social change. It is our task, each of us, to work to ensure this historic year's legacy will be Community over Faction, Wellness over Malaise, and Hope over Despair. As a PE teacher at St. Pius X in Tulsa, OK, I gladly accept this task and hope to partner with All Kids Bike.
I have 350 students. Three of them are my own children. My husband and I taught each of them to ride a bicycle when they were young. We will never forget the toothy grins our boys showed when they first got their bikes and helmets.
We also remember the initial frustration our kids felt when first trying to master the skills it takes to simultaneously pedal, steer, and defy gravity. We were lucky to be able-bodied, relatively patient, and united in the effort to train our boys in cycling. My heart goes out to parents/guardians who aren't well enough or lack the support to train their children to ride a bike. The fact is, all parents need the support of a community to give a child the skills and adaptability it takes to live a well balanced, meaningful, and happy life.
As a PE teacher, I am helping kids develop the skills they need to live well. At their most basic level, these skills include running, jumping, climbing, throwing, crawling, pushing, pulling, etc. At their apex, these skills become collaboration, sportsmanship, fortitude, etc.
Skills practiced in the gym, plus those learned in the classroom, make for a well-rounded person ready to achieve great things physically, emotionally, spiritually, and professionally. However, all of these skills will erode if a young person is unable to solve the issue of transportation.
Cars are expensive, congest our streets, and harm the environment. Will my students one day purchase and drive cars? Probably, but what if they didn't feel like that was their only option? What if they developed an early love for cycling and at the very least minimized the number of miles they drove?
Bicycles are good for our pocketbooks, our bodies, and our planet. I can teach dozens of children to cycle each year if you help me. Let 2021 be a year of Community, Hope, and Wellness. Let's ride together!" Molly McDowell - PE Teacher
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.