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Early Childhood Students Stride Past Training Wheels


Godfrey-Lee Elementary School Early Childhood Education students lifted their feet and rode on their new pedal-free Strider bikes.

“I like it! Watch what I can do!” shouted kindergartner Madison Kremers as she zoomed past.

Physical education teacher Julie Swanson is using the bikes in her gym classes with kindergarten through second graders, many who have never ridden bikes before. Swanson received a state grant from the Carol M. White Physical Education Program, allocated through Kent ISD, to purchase 17 Strider bikes. Sans pedal, student’s learn to balance on the bikes and ride by “striding” eliminating the need for training wheels,

“It’s just going to be another component of physical education,” said Swanson, who also teaches the students yoga and gymnastics.

Swanson involved the community in the project, hosting “Bike Build Day,” during which students’ fathers and Lee and East Lee high school students helped assemble the bikes.

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Bike Build Day involved parents and high schools students who assembled the bikes
Bike Build Day involved parents and high schools students who assembled the bikes

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Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese is associate managing editor and reporter, covering Byron Center, Kentwood, Wyoming and Grand Rapids Community College. She was one of the original SNN staff writers, helping launch the site in 2013 and enjoys fulfilling the mission of sharing the stories of public education. She has worked as a journalist in the Grand Rapids area since 2000. A graduate of Central Michigan University, she has written for The Grand Rapids Press, Advance Newspapers, On-the-Town Magazine and Group Tour Media. Read Erin's full bio

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