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BNSF Railway Foundation Funds All Kids Bike Program to Empower Kindergarten Students in Osceola, AR 

[OSCEOLA, AR, MAY 28, 2024]: All Kids Bike, the national nonprofit teaching kindergarten students how to ride bikes in PE class, is activating their All Kids Bike Kindergarten PE Learn-to-Ride Program at North Elementary School, thanks to a generous donation from BNSF Railway Foundation. 

The comprehensive program includes teacher training and certification, a fleet of 24 balance-to-pedal conversion bikes, pedal-conversion kits, helmets, an instructional bike for teachers, two rolling storage racks, and access to a resource portal with live support for the duration of the program. North Elementary School celebrated the introduction of the program with a kickoff event alongside BNSF Railway Foundation attendees, who had the opportunity to build the bikes for the program beforehand.  

“The BNSF Railway Foundation is proud to partner with the Strider Education Foundation and North Elementary School in the All Kids Bike program,” said Michael Garriga, BNSF executive director of public affairs. “Having access to a bicycle is a rite of passage for young students and helps them achieve active lifestyles. By supporting this initiative, we are contributing to a healthier and happier future for children in Arkansas.” 

Lisa Weyer, executive director of the Strider Education Foundation, expressed gratitude for the partnership with BNSF Railway Foundation, emphasizing the transformative impact of early bike riding education. “The ability to ride a bike not only develops physical and mental well-being, instilling confidence and fostering better classroom focus, but it also empowers children with a positive foundation for a lifelong skill. We are so appreciative of this partnership with BNSF Railway Foundation.” 

At North Elementary School, this program will positively impact approximately 85 kindergarten students each year. With a lifespan of 7-10 years for the equipment, it is estimated that up to 850 students will benefit from this initiative over the next decade. 

North Elementary Principal Pam Smith discussed how this gift will impact their students. “We want to extend our gratitude to BNSF Railway Foundation. Biking will encourage students to engage in outdoor play which will have a positive impact on physical and mental development. Another aspect is that will help develop social skills by encouraging students to interact in a social setting and develop strong relationships. We are excited about the possibilities the All Kids Bike program will bring for our young learners.”  

The BNSF Railway Foundation and All Kids Bike are committed to enriching the lives of young learners and cultivating valuable skills through the joy of bike riding. This collaborative effort exemplifies their dedication to building healthier, happier communities, one pedal at a time.