“…Kids who move more aren’t just healthier, they also tend to do better academically and behave better in class…”
Physical activity levels of Alexandria City Public School (ACPS) students are low in comparison to national averages and declining. ACPS is embarked on several initiatives to reverse this trend; one of those will enable elementary school students to learn bicycle safety and skills as part of their Physical Education (PE) classes and support an ACPS strategic objective to provide “activities and curricula designed to promote lifelong commitments to active, healthy lifestyles”.
With funds that the Alexandria Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) raised, ACPS initiated bicycle safety and skills classes for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders at Mount Vernon Community School (MVCS) in October 2016. Classes at MVCS were a huge success, and bicycling safety and skills classes are being provided to 3rd grade students in eight elementary schools in the 2017-2018 schools year. Additionally, walking safety education is being provided to students in six elementary schools in 2017-2018. BPAC seeks to help ACPS extend Walking and Biking safety education division-wide (13 elementary schools) in 2018-2019.
Please join us in helping ACPS extend walking and biking safety education classes to students in additional elementary schools by donating funds to purchase bicycles, helmets and teacher training. You can help by sending a check today to the Walking and Biking Fund of ACT for Alexandria, 201 King Street, Suite 200, Alexandria, VA 22314. Attn: John Porter (preferred method) or donating online via this link: https://www.razoo.com/story/Walking-And-Biking-Fund. Your donation will enable ACPS to enhance walking and biking education in schools in the 2017-2018 school year, and help extend that education to additional schools in the 2018-2019 school year.
Problem: A recent needs assessment found that “poor diet and exercise [are] problematic, especially among children” in the City of Alexandria.1 Surveys indicate that physical activity levels of ACPS students are low in comparison to national averages and declining.
Why is this important? “Research shows that kids who move more aren’t just healthier, they also tend to do better academically, behave better in class and miss fewer days of school.”2
Solution: Help enable walking and bicycling safety and skills education in ACPS’ elementary school PE curriculum, as a component of a Comprehensive Physical Activity Program 3.
In 2016, Alexandria Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) raised sufficient funds for ACPS to initiate classes for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students at Mount Vernon Community School (MVCS): https://youtu.be/I4DKZwJZRoQ/. Thanks to our donors, the great work of MVCS PE teachers, Kristin Donley and Tracy Tiernan, and BPAC volunteers, bicycle safety and skills classes have been a huge success as highlighted here: http://bit.ly/BITS_article
Please join us. We invite you to join us in helping ACPS extend walking and biking safety education to students in additional schools. Please consider sending a check today to the Walking and Biking Fund of ACT for Alexandria, 201 King Street, Suite 200, Alexandria, VA 22314, Attn: John Porter (preferred) or donating via this link:
1. Community Health Needs Assessment for Inova Alexandria Hospital, May 31, 2013
2. Active Living Research, http://activelivingresearch.org/taxonomy/schools
3. School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity, Division of Adolescent and School Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, September 16, 2011