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Dear Friends of TurningWheels For Kids,
I need your help! Please take the 3 minutes needed to read this. As most of you know, TurningWheels For Kids (TWFK) is active in the Bay Area community and we are focused on kids and bikes. With that in mind, TWFK is busy not just providing bikes but an important part of our program is focused on bike repairs. We have discovered, for these kids a flat tire, sadly, is a retired bike.
We hold several FREE bike repair clinics a year and we repair between 60 and 100+ bikes at each neighborhood clinic. In that process, we have discovered that almost all of the children do NOT have helmets. That’s horrible! As an RN in my bill-paying-day- job, I have seen the outcome of bike accidents where there was no bike helmet. The results are often tragic!
Help TWFK change that picture.
We have the opportunity; we just don’t have the helmets! This year on December 5th, TWFK will build and distribute 3500 brand new bikes and every bike must have a helmet! And we already have identified the all- sport helmets as the kid’s choice for what is “cool” to wear! We want their sweet, precious brains protected as they ride into the sunset with that most coveted gift . . . a bike!
And let me share with you just how inexpensive it is to have a huge impact. Ten bucks!! Yup, you heard me right! A mere $10 protects a child as they enjoy the freedom and independence of that awesome bike! All you need to do is decide how many kids you are willing (or can afford : ) ) to keep safe. It really is that simple!!
PLEASE consider helping us fund helmets! This is a vital need with a huge impact! Or maybe it is better said, a vital need that will protect kids from a potentially life-altering IMPACT!
Please make your donation or contact me, sue@ turningwheelsforkids.org for brainstorming ways to fundraise for helmets! We need 3500 of you to answer YES!
With fingers crossed,
Sue Runsvold, Director TWFK
Thursday, September 17at 8:00am – 9:00pm
5667 Silver Creek Valley Rd, San Jose, CA 95138
Help support TurningWheels for Kids by getting your grocery’s at New Seasons Market Evergreen on September 17th. TurningWheels will receive 5% of the days sales for New Seasons Community Day!!
Before the start of the new school year in Washington, D.C., as families were buying supplies and teachers were drafting their lesson plans, Miriam Kenyon was spending her days in a warehouse in the city’s Northeast quadrant, surrounded by bikes.
She and a group of volunteers were building them: Diamondback Vipers and Mini Vipers, 16- and 20-inch kids’ models. “They’re BMX bikes, so they’re really sturdy and they’re made for multiple uses,” explains Kenyon, the director of health and physical education at District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS).
All the bikes in the warehouse—a huge fleet numbering 475—had to be ready by the time the first bell rang on August 24. Once assembled, they were divvied up and shipped to elementary schools for a novel educational experiment.
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The goal: to teach every second grader in the city’s school system how to ride a bike.
“Every kid should know how to ride a bike,” Kenyon says. “It’s a great way not only to get to school, but to exercise, and to see your city. It promotes independence.”
Bike safety instruction is fairly common in schools around the United States. In D.C., the nonprofit Washington Area Bicyclist Association sends instructors into schools as part of the national Safe Routes to School program. The instructors teach safety basics and bring in bikes and helmets so the kids can practice their skills.
But that’s not the same thing as teaching kids how to ride, which typically doesn’t happen at school. Dan Hoagland, WABA’s education director, started noticing on his school visits that “large cohorts of students” in D.C. couldn’t ride at all. He talked about it with Kenyon. “In the back of my mind, as I ran these programs, I thought, ‘How do we figure out a way to more comprehensively approach bike education for kids?’”
Earlier this year, Kenyon discovered how: through a DCPS initiative called Cornerstones. New this fall, Cornerstones assigns common projects to students across the city—a core curriculum in miniature, basically. Officials hope it will improve academic rigor and narrow the achievement gap that separates affluent and poor, white and black students.
When Cornerstones was announced, Kenyon saw her opportunity and grabbed it. Bike-riding instruction could become a Cornerstone project in physical education. The District Department of Transportation agreed to fund the purchase of 475 bikes, and a universal bike-riding program—the first of its kind in a U.S. school district—was born.