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09

Oct

Student winners show off their $100 gift certificates to Newport Bicycle and Ten Speed Spokes (L-R): Thompson Principal Jaime Crowley, Jaylianna Fernandez, Angelina McCartney, Dwight Williams, Manny Simes, and Bike Newport Program Manager Liza Burkin

The four Thompson Middle School students were giddy, “We didn’t know why we were getting called to the principal’s office!”

Jaylianna Fernandez, Dwight Williams, Manny Simes, and Angelina McCartney weren’t facing any reprimands – they were in fact greeted with $100 gift certificates to local bike shops.

“It’s all part of the Safe Routes to School National Partnership’s initiative to encourage more kids to bike and walk to school,” explained Bike Newport’s Program Manager, Liza Burkin. “Wednesday was Bike and Walk to School Day – all of the walkers and bicyclists were entered into a raffle, and these kids won!”

International Bike and Walk to School Day is a global event where communities from more than 40 countries participate on the same day. It began in 1997 as a one-day event. Over time, it has evolved into a movement for year-round safe routes to school and a celebration each October. Thousands of schools across America – from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico – participate.

School principal Jaime Crowley says he’s seeing the impact of all the Safe Routes to School efforts at Thompson: “More and more students are biking and walking to school,” he says. “and they feel energized when they get here.”

Angelina is part of a group of friends who bike to soccer practice at Braga Park. She says, “It’s a great warm up! And biking and walking is much cleaner because you’re not breathing in other people’s germy air.” Dwight bikes or walks because he lives close to school and it doesn’t take long. Jaylianna walks to school with a group of friends from all grades, and loves getting to talk with them along the way.

Manny often visits Bike Newport’s Bike Garage North at the Florence Gray Center with his older brother, Tyrone. Last May, Tyrone rode with Bike Newport to BikeFestRI in Providence. Manny says he bikes to school because “it’s fun and it gets out some energy out – and it’s good exercise. I want to bike to Providence like my brother!”

Students from kindergarten to 12th grade are encouraged to experience the benefits of active transportation not just on Bike and Walk to School Day, but every day. Results include healthy habits, environment, attitude, and improved performance in school. Biking and walking also help students to be on time to school and to be present every day. In no small part because biking and walking to school is a fun way to start the day!

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18

Aug

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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