Tara Oaks Elementary School is seeking support for a fleet of 30 bikes, helmets, kickstands and curriculum.
Tara Oaks Elementary “will promote the intellectual, physical, emotional, and artistic well-being of each child through balanced educational programs and character development.” The purpose of this request is to give students (special needs, kindergarten and first grades) proper biking skills in a fun and safe environment. Impact on our students: Initially, I started inquiring about a biking program for my special needs students. Learning how to ride a bike is a life skill for the special needs population. Students who will go on to live productive lives in our community. These students may have the means to work, but not transportation. Riding a bike will give them the ability to have a job, to go on social outings and have freedom as a human being.
As I started talking with colleagues we realized some of our students in kindergarten, and even first grade, did not have basic bike riding skills. I was introduced to All Kids Bike as an option for our students. After perusing your website I discovered the vast array of resources, that included a curriculum to assist us in properly delivering bike skills. Learning how to ride a bike is not only fitness based, but it also builds self-confidence and self-knowledge with the students. Additionally, it can improve cognitive development through problem solving and decision-making as they maneuver the bike. Social-emotional skills are enhanced through positive risk taking, patience, perseverance, and self-control. All things we try to emulate at our school. We are hoping to receive bikes to give students the opportunity to learn a life skill in an environment that allows for mistakes and celebrates successes. - Lori Steitmatter, PE Teacher
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.