Each spring, volunteer employees of Kaiser Permanente visit New Orleans to do service projects, which this year included assembly and donation of the bikes to schoolchildren. Through a partnership with Communities in Schools, HandsOn New Orleans, Bike Easy and the KidsWalk Coalition, the volunteers were matched with the Success Prep students who have shown excellent leadership in fulfilling the school’s core values: respect, service, achievement, enthusiasm and teamwork.
According to Communities in Schools Executive Director Sara Massey, the give-away has encouraged students to ride to school. “First, several kids rode their bikes to school on Bike to School day. A few were the kids with the new bikes; others were not!” she said. ” A teaching assistant rode a bike along with a student, and a few teachers rode their bikes who usually drive.”
The KidsWalk Coalition thanks Kaiser Permanente for the generous gift, and recognizes Success Prep and Communities in Schools for their leadership in keeping kids healthy by making it easier for them to be physically active!