June 11, 2014
CYCLE Kids Donates Bikes to Children in Cambridge
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CYCLE Kids Donates Bikes to Children in Cambridge Giving Them a Healthy Start to Their Summer Vacation
In celebration of their 10-year anniversary, CYCLE Kids was thrilled to give bikes and helmets to youth at the Cambridge based community center, the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House.
Cambridge, MA (June 3, 2014) – CYCLE Kids, Inc., a non-profit organization that promotes healthy lifestyles for youth and families, was elated to be able to give back to a community that helped pilot their first program nine years ago. Today, CYCLE Kids is a national program. The curriculum is in 38 schools, in 8 states, and reaches over 3,000 children a year.
The CYCLE Kids program has been part of the curriculum for the Cambridge elementary schools since 2005. It started as an afterschool educational pilot, teaching the importance of physical activity and healthy nutrition habits. The pilot was conducted with the help of Boston University Associate Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology, Paula Quatromoni. It was quickly adopted as a mandatory component of the physical education program for all elementary school students in the 4th and 5th grade.
In recognition of the continued support and enthusiasm from the Cambridge community, CYCLE Kids gave children bicycles that were given to the organization by a generous private donor. They selected CYCLE Kids to receive these bikes in support of their mission to help educate children on the importance of active, healthy lifestyles.
With the help and leadership of Cambridge City Council member Marc McGovern, on Tuesday, June 3,rd children at the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House (MFNH) received 28 bicycles and helmets at a summer kick-off cookout with their families. After enjoying a delicious meal provided by volunteers from the MFNH, families enjoyed words from CYCLE Kids Founder & Executive Director Julianne Idlet, Council Member McGovern, and Vice Mayor Dennis A. Benzan on the importance of healthy lifestyles and the efforts in Cambridge to ensure roadways are safe for cyclists. McGovern, an avid supporter of CYCLE Kids states, “I’m delighted to be a part of this gift, and I know these children will truly benefit from being given the bikes.”
During the speeches, anticipation from the kids was high and it was clear they were itching to get on their new bikes! Once they did, you could see on their faces that they were filled with such pride. There was nothing but smiles as they laughed with glee and inspected their new bikes. The mood was truly magical as the children rode around the area.
CYCLE Kids Founder and Executive Director, Julianne Idlet, was overjoyed to give back to a community who has been a wonderful partner over the years. “I’m happy to give this gift of bicycles and helmets to children in Cambridge. The community has embraced the CYCLE Kids program for many years. I get very excited when I’m walking down the street and I see a child riding a bike, wearing a helmet, and using their hand signals! It shows how the program has reached into the families of Cambridge as well.”
The Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House cookout and the gift of bikes from CYCLE Kids to their children was a great way to start the summer season, and a fun celebration of all the joys riding a bike brings!
About CYCLE Kids CYCLE Kids is dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of children through an innovative, community-based educational program. Dedicated to reversing the current trends of childhood obesity, the CYCLE Kids curriculum teaches kids the importance of being physically active and making good nutrition choices. Using the simple joy of riding a bike, the program empowers children to develop positive, safe, and active lifelong habits.
About Margaret Fuller House The Margaret Fuller House serves 4,000 constituents in the Area IV community of Cambridge and works to connect individuals with opportunities that will build community, eliminate violence from the streets, and give access to basic human service and educational needs. Opportunities for children at MFNH include School Age and Summer Explorations Programs that provide a safe and nurturing “homelike” environment for over 70 children (5-12 years) with a focus on leadership development and academic enrichment. In addition, their Collaboration with Center for Families program provides parent training and support for families with infants and toddlers through playgroups and workshops.
For more information about CYCLE Kids, please visit: www.cyclekids.org.
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CYCLE Kids, Inc.
5 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA 02138