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West Side schools seeking to teach kindergarteners biking

West Side schools seeking to teach kindergarteners biking

Photo by Andrew Gook on Unsplash Strider Education Foundation, the nonprofit arm of Strider Bikes, a children’s bike manufacturer based in Rapid City, S.D., is…

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Photo by Andrew Gook on Unsplash Strider Education Foundation, the nonprofit arm of Strider Bikes, a children’s bike manufacturer based in Rapid City, S.D., is working to bring its All Kids Bike program to two West Side schools.

All Kids Bike supplies the bikes and helps teach kids how to bike in participating schools. The catch is that the schools must come up with an average of $6,000 either out of their own budget or by fundraising. The program helps with the fundraising by setting up a fundraising page and helping the schools promote the initiative.

This year, West Humboldt Park’s Piccolo School of Excellence, an elementary school at 1040 N. Keeler Ave., has successfully applied for the program while Austin’s Spencer Elementary Technology Academy, 214 N. Lavergne Ave., is currently applying to be part of the All Kids Bike program.

Hugo Rodriguez, Piccolo’s at-risk youth coordinator, said that teaching kids how to bike is especially important for communities of color that have historically been under-resourced.

According to the Strider Foundation press release, All Kids Bike “equips schools with everything they need to teach children how to ride; teacher training and certification, a structured 8-lesson curriculum,” as well as free Strider bikes and bike helmets. The program will continue to offer support to the schools for five years.

Bethany Carbajal, Strider Foundation’s school logistics specialist, said that their goal is to teach as many kindergarteners as possible how to bike, no matter where they live — something that, she said, is more important than […]

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