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Youngstown school looks to add bike program for students

The program was launched in 2018 and has been adopted by 343 schools in 42 states.
South Side Academy
South Side Academy in Youngstown is looking to adopt the All Kids Bike Kindergarten PE Program, which is designed for children of all abilities and aims to instill healthy habits at a young age. (Contributed photo)

YOUNGSTOWN — Kindergartners at South Side Academy soon may be riding bikes in their physical education classes.

An effort is underway to bring the All Kids Bike Kindergarten PE Program to the school at 1400 Oak Hill Ave.

The program equips schools with everything they need to teach children how to ride: teacher training and certification, a structured eight-lesson curriculum, a fleet of Strider 14x bikes, pedal conversion kits, fully adjustable helmets and a five-year support plan. The program was launched in 2018 and has been adopted by 343 schools in 42 states.

“Bike riding has many mental health benefits that would be a positive addition to the lives of our students,” Kristine Hunchuck, dean of students at South Side Academy, said in a news release. “Riding a bike can help to increase a child’s self-esteem and aid in goal-setting behaviors. In addition, cycling has been shown to reduce stress hormone levels within the body, and by doing so, helps a child to get a more restful night’s sleep.”

The Kindergarten PE Program is designed for children of all abilities and aims to instill healthy habits at a young age. 

“One of the best ways to get kids active is to get them excited about bicycles,” said Ryan McFarland, an All Kids Bike board member. “It’s a skill that is going to serve them in life.” 

To learn more about the program or to make a donation, click here.
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