Orem school seeks donations in effort to teach bike riding
It’s as easy as riding a bike — at least, organizers hope it will be.
Sharon Elementary School, a Title 1 school in Orem, is seeking funds to help each kindergartener learn to ride a bike.
The school is in need of $6,000 to participate in the All Kids Bike program, a nonprofit with the mission of teaching every child in America how to ride a bike in their kindergarten P.E. class.
Donations would be used to procure a fleet of 24 Strider AKB-Specific Bikes, helmets, pedal conversion kits, a Strider 20-inch bike for teacher instruction, an eight-lesson curriculum and a five-year program support plan.
“Many of our students can’t afford to buy a bicycle which makes it even more difficult to learn how to ride a bicycle.” Catharine Primosch, the Sharon Elementary P.E. teacher who applied for All Kids Bike, said in a press release. “I want to be able to teach my students the skills needed to ride a bike so that once they mastered it this skill will stay with the child for their lifetime.”
According to the All Kids Bike website, 660 schools already have All Kids Bike kindergarten P.E. programs across the country.
All Kids Bike is led by the Strider Education Foundation, which helps to place All Kids Bike program materials into public schools for free by using donations from individuals, businesses and organizations.
“One of the best ways to get kids active is to get them excited about bicycles,” said Ryan McFarland an All Kids Bike board member, in a press release. “It’s a skill that is going to serve them in life.”
Primosch is also confident about the lifelong benefits that can be offered by teaching kindergarteners to ride bikes.
“Beyond a few scraped knees, learning to ride a bike will provide my student with confidence, independence, and physical and mental strength. Gross motor skills improve by working on coordination, endurance, and strengthening,” she said. “Riding a bicycle also helps with full-body sensory awareness along with visual stimulation. I will help my students with their attention and focusing on the task given to them. Lastly, it is a pure joy being able to ride a bicycle.”
More information on the Sharon Elementary School All Kids Bike fundraiser, and links to donate, can be found at https://stridereducationfoundation-bloom.kindful.com/sharon-elementary-school-2022/sharon-elementary-school.