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HDR to fund All Kids Bike Program to Empower Kindergarten Students at Sylvan Rodriguez, Jr. Elementary School 

HOUSTON, TX – May 8, 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 Sylvan Rodriguez, Jr. Elementary School, thanks to a generous donation from the HDR Foundation. 

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. Sylvan Rodriguez, Jr. Elementary School celebrated the introduction of the program with a kickoff event alongside HDR staff, who had the opportunity to build the bikes for the program beforehand. 

“Only one in four children will get on a bike in the course of a year, so learning this skill at such a young age is a tremendous opportunity,” said Dave Weston, HDR’s area manager for the Texas Gulf and Louisiana. “HDR is grateful to be part of a program that promotes healthy habits and builds great memories for a lifetime.”  

Lisa Weyer, executive director of the Strider Education Foundation, expressed gratitude for the partnership with HDR, 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 HDR.” 

At Sylvan Rodriguez, Jr. Elementary School, this program will positively impact approximately 150 kindergarten students each year. With a lifespan of 7-10 years for the equipment, it is estimated that up to 1,500 students will benefit from this initiative over the next decade. 

Principal Parisa Behzadi looks forward to students having access to their community. “At Sylvan Rodriguez Elementary School, our goal is to grow global leaders! This bike donation from HDR is cultivating a well-rounded learning experience so that all of our global leaders have access to meaningful opportunities.”  

HDR 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.