All Kids Bike, a national program on a mission to teach every child in America how to ride a bike, is working to bring the All Kids Bike Kindergarten PE Program to Lindbergh Elementary School in Mesa.
The program equips schools with everything they need to teach children how to ride — teacher training and certification, a structured eight-lesson curriculum, a fleet of Strider 14x Bikes, pedal conversion kits, fully adjustable helmets and a five-year support plan, according to a release.
There are 342 schools in 42 states with All Kids Bike Kindergarten PE Programs.
PE Specialist Tilda Richardson applied for the program.
“Few children in our community own their own bike, and consequently the ability to ride a bike is a skill that not many of our students have had the opportunity to learn. As the school-based PE teacher of Lindbergh Elementary School, I feel it is my responsibility to instill in my students a love of activity, to bring an understanding of the lifelong benefits of being active, and to open their eyes to the many different ways for them to get and stay active,” she said in the release.
“The novel ‘All Kids Bike’ program satisfies all of those requirements and more. It is rather awe inspiring to look ahead to the time that the first group of kindergarten participants reach 6th grade graduation, for at that time, all students at Lindbergh will know how to ride a bike,” Richardson said.
The Kindergarten PE program is designed for children of all abilities and hopes to instill healthy habits at a young age.
“One of the best ways to get kids active is to get them excited about bicycles,” All Kids Bike board member Ryan McFarland said in the release. “It’s a skill that is going to serve them in life.”
To learn more about the program or make a donation, go to support.allkidsbike.org/lindbergh-elementary-school.
All Kids Bike is a national movement led by the Strider Education Foundation to place Kindergarten PE Learn-To-Ride Programs into public schools for free, using donations from individuals, businesses and organizations.
The Strider Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, was formed in 2017. The foundation believes that learning to ride can help everyone lead a happier and healthier life. Through the development of a proven Learn-To-Ride curriculum and donations of the world’s most advanced training bikes, the nonprofit organization makes riding available, safe, easy, and fun for everyone.