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Elementary school students with the new bikes in the gym.

Concrete School District is excited to announce our participation in a statewide bike education program with three components.

  1. In-school “Let’s Go” Physical Education: This curriculum is the largest statewide youth bicycle education program in the United States, serving youth in grades three through eight.
  2. After-school Youth-Development Program: Open to grades 6-12 and modeled on Cascade’s Major Taylor Project, this program provides further opportunities for skill development and engagement.
  3. Earn-a-Bike Opportunity: This initiative enables youth and families to earn a bicycle, lock, helmet, and lights, promoting the safe integration of bicycling into their lives. It’s an equity-driven program that empowers youth with newfound cycling skills.

This program is a collaboration between the Association of Educational Service Districts (AESD) and the statewide School-Based Bicycle Safety Education program, designed by the Cascade Bicycle Club.

In November, a bike trailer arrived at Concrete Elementary, and the third through sixth graders embarked on a journey to learn riding skills in a fun and engaging environment.

Cassa Wing, our dedicated Physical Education teacher at Concrete Elementary School, played a key role in championing the program’s implementation. Wing ensured that students received comprehensive bike safety education by completing training on implementing the curriculum. Students’ excitement was evident as they learned crucial bike safety skills and enjoyed the process.

But the bike education initiative didn’t stop there. In December, Concrete School District received great news: all fifth graders who completed the program’s in-school “Let’s Go” Physical Education component were eligible for a free bicycle tailored to their size and abilities as part of the Earn-a-Bike opportunity. This Earn-a-Bike Opportunity was made possible due to the collaboration between the Northwest Educational Service District (NWESD) and the statewide School-Based Bicycle Safety Education program.

On May 1, 2024, the students at Concrete Elementary received their free bikes with excitement. Cassa Wing reflected on the program, “I loved seeing the students become more confident in their skills as the bike unit progressed. Now, with bikes of their own, the fifth graders can take what we learned Physical Education unit in class and put it into practice on their own at home! This program has been a wonderful addition to our curriculum.”

Concrete School District is proud to be part of this initiative that prioritizes schools with the highest need to advance goals of health, safety, and equity and is excited to continue its involvement in this vital program, ensuring that students have the skills, knowledge, and resources to enjoy the freedom and independence of bicycling safely. Together, we’re pedaling towards a healthier, safer, and more equitable future for our youth.

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-Carrie Crickmore, Interim Superintendent