MANCHESTER, NH – Thanks to the Win a Bike program, 140 elementary school students will be the proud owners of a new set of refurbished bicycles or a set of sports equipment. Packages are designed to help students have a healthy and active summer.
The Earn-A-Bike program was created by the Manchester Community Schools Project in collaboration with QC Bike Collective, Gossler Park Elementary School and Beech Street Elementary School. Since 2015, elementary school children have been able to win bikes by demonstrating their academic results and leadership skills.
“The Earn-A-Bike program has been the cornerstone of the Manchester Community Schools project,” according to Amy Bligh, Community Programs Coordinator at the Manchester Department of Health. “It’s a great way to celebrate student leadership with community partners, families and neighbors, while emphasizing health and safety.
On May 26, fourth graders at Gossler Park Elementary will have the opportunity to choose a bike, along with a helmet, lights and lock. Students who already have a bike at home have the option of receiving a sports package, which includes either a soccer or basketball, a pump, and other sports-related items. Alongside the Win a Bike event, there will be a block party at the school.
Manchester Police Service will be on hand to provide bike registrations for all bikes. Heather Hamel, Public Information Officer for the Police Service, said, “We are always happy to be part of this event. Bringing kids outside to exercise and enjoy the warm weather is important. We look forward to helping them register their bikes and get them ready for the road.
On Friday, May 27, fifth graders at Beech Street Elementary will have the same opportunity. The newly refurbished student bicycles will meet transportation needs while providing an outlet for exercise and recreation.
The Earn-A-Bike program can only make this impact with generous funding from Elliot Health System.
“Elliot Health System, a founding member of SolutionHealth, is proud to support community health and wellness initiatives that impact area children,” said Anne-Marie Hafeman, Director, Community Engagement and Volunteer Resources. for Elliot Health System. “In this case, we are delighted to know that pupils from two elementary schools have completed the leadership programs set up by the Manchester Department of Health to win bikes.
QC Bike Collective would also like to thank Neighborworks Southern NH for providing space to store the bikes and Quality Bicycle Products of Bloomington, MN for providing additional funding for this program.