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Coca-Cola Bottling Company High Country and the American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America fund All Kids Bike Program to Kindergarten Students at Freeman Davis Elementary

Mobridge, S.D., April 24, 2024 – All Kids Bike, the national nonprofit teaching kindergarten students how to ride bikes in PE class, is activating their All Kids Bike Learn-To-Ride Kindergarten PE Program at Freeman Davis Elementary School, thanks to a grant provided by Coca-Cola Bottling Company High Country and the American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America.

The comprehensive program includes teacher training and certification, a fleet of 24 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. Freeman Davis Elementary School celebrated the introduction of the program with a kickoff event alongside Coca-Cola Bottling Company High Country representatives, who had the opportunity to build the bikes for the program beforehand.

“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,” said Lisa Weyer, executive director of the Strider Education Foundation. “We are so appreciative of this partnership with Coca-Cola Bottling Company High Country and the American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America.”

The program will benefit more than 50 kindergartners every year at Freeman Davis Elementary School. More than 500 students will take part in the instruction over the next 10 years.

“Introducing this program encourages students to spend more time outside, enjoying physical activity. Strider bikes can also extend beyond the school environment,” said Jill Olson, principal at Freeman Elementary. “Families may be encouraged to participate in biking activities together, promoting bonding and healthy lifestyle habits at home.”

As Mobridge’s local bottler, Coca-Cola Bottling Company High Country is dedicated to enhancing the physical health and well-being of its community. Fostering resilient and thriving communities stands as a paramount objective. ‘We are honored to partner with All Kids Bike, offering students the chance to acquire lifelong skills and cultivate a healthy lifestyle,’ stated Tura Synhorst, Coca-Cola Bottling Company High Country.

“The American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America is thrilled to support the important work of the All Kids Bike program,” said American Beverage President & CEO Kevin Keane. “Teaching kids to ride at a young age embodies the commitment of beverage companies to help build healthy, strong communities.” Coca-Cola Bottling Company High Country, the American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America, 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.