“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin
Imagine that you want to effectively teach math, and you have two options. One: you can hire mathematicians to visit your school and teach your students for only a limited amount of time. Two: the mathematicians can train your teachers, and the teachers can then connect with the students on an ongoing basis. You can imagine that the second option leads to a more sustainable learning model, and more consistent experiences for the students.
The BTA wants to empower school districts to provide students with bike and pedestrian safety education, and make these programs more sustainable for districts to offer. So, we examined how to best integrate the Safe Routes for Kids program into the district’s core curriculum. What if we trained the teachers to teach lessons, maintain fleets of bikes, fit helmets, build parent support, and recruit volunteers?
Watch a video from one of our Bike Safety Education classes.
That’s the idea behind the BTA’s new Walk+Bike Education Jump Start Program. We are excited to announce that we will partner with Gresham School District to pilot the first Jump Start program in September 2012. We are thankful for support from Juan Young Trust, Intel, Sugar Wheel Works, Wheelz, teachers and students, principals at Dexter McCarty and Clear Creek, and the Gresham School District.
We will need help from volunteers to move forward on this exciting project. Volunteer projects include:
- Assemble the bikes
- Converting the covered trailer to a bike/tools/helmet carrying dream boat
If you are interested in helping with these tasks, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.