My school is a neighborhood charter school. We serve 330 students in Pre-K through 5th grade. 90% of our students are below the poverty line and receive free and reduced lunches. Our zip code ranks highest in our state of incarcerated parents, child abuse, and single parent families. Though these stats are staggering, our kids are resilient, determined and one success story after another.
Each year I am motivated by the wonder and amazement I see take place with my kids.
They are future business leaders, entrepreneurs, artists, athletes, singers, dancers, comedians, and teachers. They possess a grit and determination that is unseen by many adults, and they know that lessons learned from failing are more valuable than money.
We are led by a principal and a team of teachers who are visible, engaged, and invested in every aspect of success for my kids. This team fosters the idea that no matter what your background, you have a chance to make it better through education. We believe that empowering our students with experiences will make them the problem solvers of tomorrow.
Recently our kids have been offered an amazing opportunity to become a part of a Bike Club. This will offer our students the chance to learn bike safety, riding endurance, fitness, STEM activities, and bike etiquette. Learning these skills will also allow them to become advocates within heir own community for the safety and pleasures of cycling. This experience also opens a new sports world to our kids.
It is no secret that many of our kids lack the education on what health and safety really mean in cycling.
Bike Club will take our students on a yearlong journey of learning the art of cycling as well as fitness training. The request I'm making is for an after-school program. The items I requested, such as bike helmets, fluorescent vests, gloves...etc. are vital in training.
Within the program, students will learn basic bike maintenance and care, aerodynamics of bike design, trail and street riding. They will begin with bike safety: How to properly adjust and fit a helmet, the use of gloves to maintain grip and wearing vests to alert drivers and pedestrians of their presence. As the kids progress into longer rides on main streets and eventually trails, the water cages and water bottles will be essential tools to help with endurance. Most of our kids are casual neighborhood riders, and they are unaware that cycling has many levels and offers many of the same collegiate advantages as other sports and requires similar fitness and nutrition expectations.
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