Program helps kids learn to ride bikes
Two Cheyenne schools – one public and one private – are launching a new physical education program that helps kids learn to ride a bike. Baggs Elementary School program is funded and launching, and St. Mary’s Catholic School program has begun its fundraising campaign.
Baggs Elementary School received a major gift of the All Kids Bike Kindergarten PE Program, including learn-to-ride bikes, helmets and curriculum, which will ensure every kindergartner will have the opportunity to learn to ride a bike.
The program will help 315 kindergarten students learn to ride a bike over the next five years. The bikes will soon be delivered to the elementary school, which will also receive everything needed to get students pedaling through the program, which includes an integrative curriculum, staff training and certification.
The Baggs program is provided by the Strider Education Foundation, which offers continued support for each school to ensure everyone involved is successful over a five-year period. All Kids Bike is a national program by SEF to place these bike programs into public schools for free, using donations from individuals, businesses and organizations to fund purchases of the bikes, helmets and more.
Baggs Elementary is the first school in Laramie County School District No. 1 to join the program, and the ninth in Wyoming to do so.
Learning to ride a bike is not only a lifetime skill, but also a rite of passage. Every child can benefit from the fun, freedom, confidence and mobility of two wheels.
“One of the best ways to get kids active is to get them excited about bicycles,” said All Kids Bike board member Ryan McFarland, “It’s a skill that is going to serve them right now, as well as into adulthood.”
St. Mary’s Catholic School needs the public’s help through donations for its All Kids Bike Program. The school needs $4,000 to provide 22 bikes, helmets, kickstands and a curriculum for the students through the program.
“This program will be very beneficial to our students by teaching all of our PK-Kindergarten students how to ride a bike. We have a variety of students who for one reason or another don’t get an opportunity to learn to ride a bike,” said Beth Thompson, marketing director for St. Mary’s.
The school has raised about half the goal amount thus far. To donate visit: https://support.allkidsbike.org/st-marys-catholic-school.