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27

Oct

Announcing the Thompson Middle School #BikeWalkChallenge!

^two bikers sport their “I Biked to School Today!” stickers

Did you know that children who start the day by walking or biking to school are engaged in the physical activity that contributes to a healthier lifestyle, a better outlook, higher self-esteem, improved independence, and, ultimately, better performance in school?

Starting today, October 27th, students at Newport’s Thompson Middle School will have the chance to log their biking and walking days during two Bike and Walk Challenges – one in the fall and one in the spring, both funded by the National Center for Safe Routes to School and managed by Bike Newport.

James Underwood, the program’s official Greeter, will be on hand every morning for the students to check in and claim their raffle tickets.

This morning marked the first day that students who biked or walked were eligible for a range of prizes including gift certificates for apparel, backpacks, walk and bike accessories, cold weather gear, bike locks, and more. Three grand prizes of $250 each will be awarded to the three students who log the most days. Two trophies – a golden helmet and a golden sneaker – will be awarded to the class with the most students participating in the challenge each week.

We can all help by encouraging students to bike and walk to school when possible, and by being extremely aware and cautious as drivers at all times, especially during school arrival and dismissal hours.

Help us grow a new generation of active commuters!

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18

Aug

Bike for the Stars: StarRide14

Three years ago, volunteers of the Star Kids Scholarship Program organized the first StarRide; a bike event for families and friends around the Ocean Drive area of Newport, RI. Routes were designed for all ages and abilities, ranging from 3 miles to 35 miles. Star Kids, Star Kids supporters, friends and families had a great morning ride. The first year of the event was fun and successful, raising enough to fund for two scholarships.

Last year’s event grew in popularity and sponsorship. Treasure chests were introduced and “Keys to a Child’s Success” were sold for $10 at registration. When riders returned, they checked to see if their key opened a treasure chest with prizes, such as tickets to a Red Sox game, dinner for four at top restaurants, jewelry certificates and much more. The 2nd annual event raised enough money to fund three scholarships.

This year’s event promises to be even bigger and better. The routes are being opened to walkers and runners, and a 35 mile loop is being added for serious cyclists. Ten Speed Spokes has offered to loan bikes to anyone needing one (Contact Ten Speed Spokes by September 10) and will also be on hand to do a safety check on bikes. The treasure chests are filling again with great gifts, including a bike from Newport Bicycle, jewelry, pottery, art and gift certificates. It looks like it is going to be another great day!

Anyone can register and/or donate at www.starride.net. Routes are posted on the website. Sign in at 8am and routes open at 9am at the Cluny School, 75 Brenton Rd, Newport, RI. ‘Keys to a Child’s Success’ will be sold at registration for $10.

The grill will fire up for after ride treats and riders can see if their key unlocks a treasure chest.

All profits benefit the Newport/Fall River chapter of Star Kids Scholarship Program. The goal of this program is to provide excellent educational opportunities through high school to children of families who have struggled with addiction and/or incarceration. Currently there are 94 children in this chapter.  Of the tracked Star Kids who have graduated from high school since the program’s inception, 83% have gone on to higher education. Nine out of ten Star Kid high school graduates from the class of 2014 will be going on to higher education. These Star Kids are breaking the intergenerational cycle, and going on to lead productive, enriched lives.

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