Winchendon Elementary School is seeking support for a fleet of 25 bikes, helmets, kickstands, and curriculum.
Most kids want to learn to ride a bike, and it’s an easy way to get them into the fresh air and exercising. Cycling will help children develop their leg muscles and strengthen their bones. The continued exercise will help build their stamina and improve their cardiovascular development. It will also increase their coordination and balance. It takes time to learn to ride a bike and the persistence they’ll need to succeed will side them in learning other difficult skills they’ll need in life; it will also give you a concrete example to refer to when they need a little encouragement to keep going. The sense of achievement and increased confidence they’ll have the first time they cycle away without their training wheels is hard to find elsewhere. It’s impossible to beat the feeling they get when they “finally get it.” I work in Winchendon Massachusetts as a physical education teacher, I have worked as a PE teacher for 24 years in the district. We are a very small town in north central Massachusetts. We have lots of split families , low income and foster families. Video of the families that I teach do not have the resources nor the support at home to learn a skill such as biking. The schools do ALOT for these children. We feed them breakfast lunch and a snack and some families even get a take- home dinner because of how bad finances can be in our town. I teach 300-350 kids at the elementary school in town every year. We do not have much equipment, anything I’ve collected over the years has been mostly through donation . I do not have a physical education budget. The impact that having bicycles for these kids cannot really be measured in words it would have to be something that you would see firsthand , how happy these kids would be it would be obvious just by looking at their faces. Almost all of the children’s physical activity comes in their biweekly physical education classes because parents don’t have the finances or the structure to have their kids doing much outside of school. We would love to partner with you and give these kids exposure to cycling. - Beth Siblik, 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.