Pensacola Mayor DC Reeves Celebrates All Kids Bike Program Thanks to Donation from HDR Foundation
Engineering company donates bikes to two Escambia County elementary schools
(Pensacola, FL 2/15/2023): HDR and All Kids Bike delivered the All Kids Bike Kindergarten PE program to two Escambia County Elementary Schools: Sherwood Elementary and Warrington Elementary. Funding for this program was graciously made by HDR Foundation, who focuses their efforts on supporting education, healthy communities, and environmental stewardship. The Learn-to-Ride Program includes a fleet of 24 bikes, pedal conversion kits, helmets, one teacher instruction bike, and certified curriculum teacher training, which is everything needed to teach kids how to progress from balance to riding a bike in eight lessons.
“The HDR / All Kids Bike delivery to two elementary schools in Pensacola was truly rewarding and impactful” Shared John Wimberly, HDR Vice President “We were honored to make a difference in the community through employee volunteers, partnership with local officials, and support from All Kids Bike staff. The joyful reaction of the kids at both schools after seeing the bikes is a treasured memory!”
The program reveal was celebrated at Sherwood Elementary, where donor representatives from HDR were gathered alongside Mayor D.C. Reeves, Mike Kohler Escambia County Commissioner District 2, Superintendent Dr. Timothy Smith, and school representatives for the bike delivery to a very excited group of kindergartners! The students were surprised with the bike reveal and were then able to take the new bikes for a spin. This event serves to represent a multi-school gift in which HDR provided a donation of $150,000 to All Kids Bike, designating $12,000 to 2 schools in Pensacola, where HDR employees live and work.
At Sherwood and Warrington, this program will teach approximately 140 kindergarten students how to ride a bike on an annual basis. With the equipment lifespan of 7-10 years, this will impact up to 1,400 kids over the next decade.
“Sherwood Elementary is a “Leader In Me” school, and we believe in developing the whole student – body, mind, and spirit. The donation of these bikes to our kindergarten students allows us to bring balance in both physical and mental growth.” Jennifer Collins, Assistant Principal at Sherwood Elementary.
About Strider® Education Foundation and All Kids Bike
All Kids Bike is a national movement led by the Strider Education Foundation, which is a 501(c)3 organization formed in 2017. The All Kids Bike Learn to Ride Program was launched in 2018 and is currently actively running in over 800 schools in all 50 states.
For over a century, HDR has partnered with clients to shape communities and push the boundaries of what’s possible. Our expertise spans more than 11,000 employees in more than 200 locations around the world – and counting. Our engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services bring an impressive breadth of knowledge to every project. Our optimistic approach to finding innovative solutions defined our past and drives our future. For more information, please visit www.hdrinc.com.
About the HDR Foundation
The HDR Foundation provides grants to qualified organizations that align with HDR’s areas of expertise: education, healthy communities and environmental stewardship. Established in 2012 as an employee-funded and employee-driven foundation, we grant to organizations located in communities where HDR employees live and work. We give preference to organizations that demonstrate employee support and involvement. Since its inception, the HDR Foundation has provided over $6 million in grants to over 250 organizations. You can learn more at https://www.hdrinc.com/about-us/hdr-foundation.