BATAVIA – H.C. Storm Elementary School and Hoover-Wood Elementary School have been selected as two of five schools in Kane County to take part in the first annual Kane County Cycle Club program, according to a news release from Batavia Public School District 101.
The club will encourage students to ride their bikes more often. It runs between April 13 and May 17, and registration opens on Feb. 1.
“We are very excited to have five schools participating in the Kane County Cycle Club program that are so motivated towards our shared goal of encouraging students to not only bike more often but to do it safely,” stated Carl Schoedel, the director of transportation at the Kane County Division of Transportation, in the news release. “We hope that this first year of the program will introduce many of these students to the joys of biking, while also rewarding their efforts with some great prizes.”
The remaining three schools participating are Ronald D. O’Neal Elementary School in Elgin, Clinton Elementary School in South Elgin and Lily Lake Grade School in Maple Park.
Teachers will hand out flyers and a bicycle log for students to keep track of their progress. They also will be informing parents through emails and preparing the safety curriculum.
Parents can apply for a bike to be donated to them during the registration process if their student(s) does not have one. Bikes will be donated from Working Bikes, a non-profit in Chicago and stored at Village Pedaler in South Elgin. The Bike Rack in St. Charles has also offered to donate several gift cards to their store and the usage of their virtual bicycle safety program to all schools in the program, the release stated.
Prizes will be awarded for reaching the goals that students have set. All students who participate will get a ticket to a Kane County Cougars game and a ticket to a Windy City Bulls game, and each student will be entered in a raffle for additional rewards.