All Kids Bike organization is making strides with students in Kindergarten
Most people can recall the moment when they first took off on 2 wheels — the All Kids Bike effort wants to accomplish that moment with children in schools and beyond.
Spring is a busy time for outdoor activities, including riding a bike. As more kids get outside the importance of knowing how to ride a bike is prevalent.
Not all children learn how to ride a bike from a family member, that’s why All Kids Bike aims to get the biggest reach throughout the county – teaching students in Kindergarten PE class.
Jenn Smith, School Relations Specialist with All Kids Bike, says, “That moment you finally got it, that confidence, and you can take that confidence from learning how to ride a bike into the classroom and into your home and out into the world and who knows where you can go from there, like just remembering that moment and that feeling.”
The founder of Strider Bikes started the foundation because of his passion for biking – a lifelong activity that can be taught along side core classes in school.
Smith says, “We also believe that learning how to ride is super important as well, and that is something just like math, reading and writing – those are all things that you can take through life.”
It takes a community effort to make it happen, donors and schools teaming with All Kids Bike to raise the funds to get the program in the schools. The cost is $5,000 to get the program in a classroom. Fundraising efforts and donations (among other monies) make this happen.
Participating schools receive 24 strider bikes, a strider bike for the teacher and curriculum for teachers to teach the children.
The strider 14x model is used now, which starts in balance mode and comes with a pedal kit to add later.
Smith adds, “A few times around the gym, just the change in their face is just incredible and school delivery day is the best day I think.”
Targeting Kindergarten age children to set the foundation for a lifetime of – of learning, moving, and living healthy.
The program is in 39 states and growing 292 programs in elementary schools across the country.
The organization has a focus on schools, but also an outreach with Special Olympics, among other demographics.