SCV35 Elementary PE Program Receives $18,000 for Classroom Bikes
Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District students are wheeling their way to good health thanks to the All Kids Bike Kindergarten PE Learn-to-Ride bike program. They recently funded new student and teacher bicycles, helmets, curriculum, and maintenance equipment for a bicycle program that was launched in March at Calabasas, Mountain View, and San Cayetano Elementary schools.
District P.E. Coordinator Jessica Kuhm applied to the program in September and in October of the same year, was notified that her project had been fully funded. “Congratulations – your 3 schools are fully funded! Teaching kids to ride a bike means so much to us, but it means even more to the little kiddos who will receive the bikes, helmets, and everything needed to learn to ride,” wrote Bethany Carbajal, School Logistics Specialist for the program.
How the Program Works
The program requires administrative support to implement the program before teachers can apply. That was easy to do according to Mrs. Kuhm, “The principals as well as our SHAC were excited about bringing a cycling program to the kids.” SHAC, the district’s School Health and Wellness Committee is comprised of staff, food services, and community members. Their mission is to foster healthy habits in students, families, and the entire community.
Once administrators were on board, Mrs. Kuhm applied for funding for all three SCV35 elementary schools, a total value of $18,000. Each elementary school received twenty-four bikes, twenty-four helmets, twenty-four pedal conversion kits, one teacher bike, and teacher training and certification.
About All Kids Bike
The All Kids Bike Learn-to-Ride Kindergarten PE Program launched in 2018 with a simple mission: give every child in America the opportunity to learn how to ride a bike. The program includes teacher training and certification, a fleet of 24 bikes, pedal conversion kits, helmets, an instructional bike for the teacher, plus resource portal access and live support for the life of the program. Substantially underwritten by the Strider Education Foundation, today, All Kids Bike Learn-to-Ride Kindergarten PE Programs are active in over 900 schools across all 50 states, teaching more than 100,000 kids to ride each year. For more information, please visit www.allkidsbike.org.
About Santa Cruz Unified School District No. 35
Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District No. 35 is a growing, dynamic school district covering approximately 267 square miles. The community operates five schools. Approximately 3,700 students are enrolled for the 2022-2023 school year. http://www.scv35.org