A grant application could equal more kids on bikes in the Northland.  A local teacher has applied for grant funding from All Kids Bike for the kindergarten program in Duluth Public Schools - with an aim to make sure all kids know how to ride a bicycle.

Physical Education Curriculum Specialist Erika Drengler made the application on behalf of Duluth Public Schools.  In a press release from the All Kids Bike program, she shared:

"Our physical education can meet the need for increased access to these amazing outdoor opportunities.  If we can break down barriers for our youngest Duluthians we can level the playing field for all Duluthians."

All Kids Bike is a "national program on a mission to teach every child in America how to ride a bike.  Through cooperative efforts, the program equips schools with everything they need to teach children how to ride a bike.  Included as part of the package is teacher training and certification, a structured 8-lesson curriculum, a fleet of Strider 14-X bikes, pedal conversion kits, fully-adjustable helmets, and a five-year support plan.

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The mission is simple - instill the skills and love of bike riding at an early age and it becomes a life long habit.  That bike riding habit brings along with it healthy, active lifestyles.

All Kids Bike is the visible portion of the work being done by the Strider Education Foundation.  Formed in 2017, their mission is to "place Kindergarten PE Learn-To-Ride Programs into public schools for free, using donations from individuals, businesses, and organizations."  For more details, click here. To donate to the Duluth mission, click here.

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