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April 5, 2011

April 5th Bike-build Event

Nonprofit Donates 70 Bicycles to Cambridge Public Schools

Contact: Chantal Boxer 617.680.6596

CYCLE Kids Kicks Off The Rollout of Seven New Programs In Cambridge Public Schools With a Bike-build Event on April 5, 2011

Cambridge, Massachusetts, March 11, 2011 – CYCLE Kids Inc., a Cambridge-based nonprofit organization that created an innovative physical activity and nutrition curriculum for physical education and literacy classes, is expanding programming to include seven new Cambridge Public Schools this spring. To kick off the new program sites, CYCLE Kids is hosting a Cambridge Community Bike-build event from 9am – 3:30 pm at the Kennedy Longfellow School, 158 Spring Street, Cambridge, MA on April 5, 2011. Program partners include Specialized, Belmont Wheelworks, Starbucks, Tory Row, Gentle Giant, and Dunkin’ Donuts.

During the Cambridge Community Bike-build Kickoff event on April 5, Kennedy Longfellow School students, with the help of Belmont Wheelworks mechanics and Starbucks volunteers, will build 70 bicycles. The Gentle Giant Moving Company will deliver the 70 bikes and 175 helmets to the seven new program sites, which will begin teaching the curriculum this spring. Tory Row and Dunkin’ Donuts will provide food and beverages for volunteers.

The program expansion is the result of a generous challenge grant from a private family charity, the Weezie Foundation. The CYCLE Kids curriculum, designed for 4th and 5th grade children, shows kids that living an active, healthy lifestyle can be exciting and fun. Through this rollout, the city will receive a multi-session, innovative curriculum that introduces children to the joys of bicycling and educates them about the importance of exercise and good nutrition habits through physical activity, literacy, and mentoring activities. An additional 300 students will have the opportunity to call themselves a “CYCLE Kid,” and the community will receive 70 new Specialized bikes and 175 new helmets. As a permanent part of the Cambridge city-wide physical education program for 4th and 5th grade students, CYCLE Kids programs will now be taught in a total of 11 elementary schools.

Children are an important investment for the future of a community. For his two-year term, Mayor Maher is committed to serving the City of Cambridge by advocating for improving the city’s public education system. “The CYCLE Kids program is an example of our efforts in the community to invest in the future of our children. By starting to educate children at a young age to make healthy choices, we are helping them create the foundation they need to become healthy, successful adults. We are thrilled to have received this program for our children.”

This expansion comes on the heels of the City of Cambridge initiation into Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” Campaign dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation so children born today will grow up healthier and be able to pursue their dreams. Let’s Move! is about putting children on the path to a healthy future during their earliest months and years — giving parents helpful information, fostering environments that support healthy choices, and helping children become more physically active.

Julianne Idlet, the Founder and Executive Director of the CYCLE Kids organization, sees the strength of garnering community support and growing sponsorship opportunities as key to implementing the curriculum in cities across the country. “I am thankful to the many partners, sponsors, and volunteers that have made this donation to the City of Cambridge and their children possible. We are very excited to have the CYCLE Kids program become an integral part of the education of every 4th and 5th grade child in the community of Cambridge, and look forward to seeing this happen in many more communities across the country.”

To date, CYCLE Kids has granted programs to 20 schools, benefiting approximately 1,000 children in the 4th and 5th grade every year. The equipment given to these schools will last at least 10 years, so at a minimum these programs will have impacted 20,000 children.

For more information about CYCLE Kids and the Cambridge Community Bike-build event visit the CYCLE Kids website, You can also follow CYCLE Kids on their Facebook page and on Twitter.

About CYCLE Kids:
CYCLE Kids is a Cambridge-based organization that gives elementary schools and community centers an innovative program that helps children learn life skills that go beyond fitness and brings new excitement to school physical education classes and to a child’s literacy lessons. The curriculum teaches 4th and 5th grade students bicycle safety and skills, how to make smart food choices, and encourages children and their families to live healthier lifestyles.


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