Kids Riding Bikes started off the 2017-18 school year last week with a bang as we delivered our renowned Kids Riding Bikes program to three different schools and hundreds of individual youth throughout Central Indiana. In addition to our school programs, we stayed busy on Friday & Saturday evening in the Kids Zone at the St. Thomas Aquinas annual SausageFest.

In terms of our school programs, we had teams delivering programming to IPS Center for Inquiry School 2 and Avon Middle School North throughout the duration of last week. Moreover, we launched our Beta 2 of our unique and growing STEM-based curriculum in Ripley County. At CFI 2, we had the opportunity to work with all of the 402 students ranging from Kindergarten all the way up to the 8th grade class. As a matter of fact, multiple classes had the luxury of riding our bikes a second time. This was our first chance to engage with the majority of students at CFI 2 in a school setting with our program, however, many of them had already been familiar with our bikes after riding at the CFI Field Day at Shortridge back in June. Furthermore, at Avon Middle School North, our staff brought Kids Riding Bikes program to upwards of 250 7th & 8th grade students last week for the first time this school year. We’re back in Avon again today until Wednesday getting more and more students moving and sweating on two wheels thanks to our friends at Hendricks Regional Health!

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As mentioned previously, our Beta 2 of STEM-based curriculum was delivered at two middle schools in Ripley County on Friday. In the morning, our staff was in Milan for the first time working with their 7th grade students and, following a quick site change, you could find us rolling out our STEM program to middle school students at South Ripley Schools. These programs were made possible by the leadership of Genesis: Pathways to Success (GPS). This collaborative partnership between a handful of organizations empowers students to succeed in STEM in Ripley County.

And if you didn’t think that was enough already for the week, we had our outdoor tent setup and were rocking and rolling in the Kids Zone on Friday & Saturday at St. Thomas Aquinas annual SausageFest in partnership with the LIDS Foundation, Inc. We had the chance to get hundreds of kids and their families moving on two wheels during the event and show off our LIDS branded Kids Riding Bikes sprinter!

Thank you to all of our partners, supporters, followers, and advocates for making this the most successful and memorable first week of school programs to date. We couldn’t make such a profound impact on thousands of youth this past week with your unquestionable support and commitment!