St. John XXIII Catholic Elementary School celebrated "Bike to School Week," which took place from May 30 - June 3, 2016.
Students were encouraged to participate by riding bicycles or walking to and from school each day of the week. Several parents joined the students on their daily ride or walk. Using a large municipal map in the school foyer, classes tracked and marked the distances that students biked from home to school.
Community Policy Officer, Julie, was on hand to share cycling and road safety tips. Several students brought their bike helmets to school where Officer Julie demonstrated how to safely wear them. Students also had the opportunity to win bike helmets and even a new bicycle!
The week culminated with JK student, Andyhong, participating in the Ride for Heart, in support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation on June 5, 2016. He was one of the youngest participants and successfully completed a 25 km bike ride.
Andyhong's interest in riding started two years ago. His father said that in 2014, he rode his little tricycle while many people cheered him on. He completed 7 km on his tricycle that year. He prepared again to ride in 2015, but did not, due to the rain and cold the day of the ride. This year, Andyhong prepared by riding approximately 5 km a day with his father three to four times a week, and sometimes riding up to 12 kms.
During this year's Ride for Heart, Andyhong rode smoothly for the first half, but started to tire around the pitstop. As he approached the pitstop, and saw so many people cheering for him, he gained the momentum to continue his ride! With his father riding with him, Andyhong pushed himself through the uphill portions of the track, and kept riding faster. Despite a couple falls off his bike, Andyhong always got back up, and completed the ride! Way to go Andyhong!
Andyhong met his fundraising goal of $100 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, and has inspired other students at his school to keep cycling!