On a hot, sunny day in late July, students at Chesterbrook Academy Preschool in Kentlands hosted a Bike-A-Thon in support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. All ages participated, riding bicycles, tricycles and scooters. Collectively, they raised nearly $600 through sponsorships and parent contributions, Chesterbrook Academy Principal Kristen Reel said.
In addition to learning about St. Jude’s, students learned about bicycle safety for a week, Reel said. Each day they studied a different aspect of safety. Bike Safety Week included a practical component, with students riding bikes and trikes each day, she added, “and students can all put on helmets by themselves now.”
Two-year Chesterbrook Academy student Nora Brodie in her pink unicorn helmet led the first wave of riders. Brodie will start kindergarten at Rachel Carson Elementary in the fall. Brodie shared some of what she learned during Bike Safety Week. In addition to the really important lessons like “stop and look both ways” and “always have a helmet on whenever you do it, even if you’re skateboarding,” she had some less common tips like “always wear shorts or pants because a dress could get caught in the wheels” and “always wear shoes.”
Students cycled and scootered a loop through the Chesterbrook Academy parking lot and nearby sidewalk as parents and teachers manned safety points while cheering them on. Despite the heat, all had a really cool time.