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Grove Street Gets Riding

Grove Street Elementary School in Irvington, NJ was the first school to receive the bicycles Irvington Public School won as part of the NJAHPERD-Voorhees Transportation Bicycle Grant.

Grove Street Elementary Physical Education Teacher, Mr. Salim Laib, facilitated the bicycle safety education program with his scholars. Mr. Lab participated in a curriculum training course offered by NJAHPERD and Voorhees Transportation Center Representatives on October 11th at Irvington High School

“The training was valuable in helping other teachers and I understand the best methods for teaching bicycle safety to my students,” said Mr. Laib, who also serves as the Head Boys Soccer Coach at Irvington High School. “Over the last four weeks, I’ve taught a number of my students how to ride a bike, and more importantly, teach them a lifetime activity hey can use to remain active into their elderly years.”

Berkeley Terrace gearing up for biking

Beginning on December 3, Berkeley Terrace Elementary School will begin a four-week bicycle education course in their physical education classes.

The bicycles, currently housed at Grove Street Elementary School, will be transported to Berkeley Terrace during the weekend of December 1-2.

Berkeley Terrace Physical Education Teacher, Mr. Mitchell Perry, will facilitate the program for the students at Berkeley.

“I’m really excited to get my students started in the program,” said Mr. Perry, a ten-year teaching veteran within Irvington Public Schools.

“When I was a kid, I remember seeing bikes parked on the sidewalks or front steps throughout my neighborhood. Now I don’t see that as much. I think there’s a lot of kids who have never been on a bike, either because their parents are fearful for their safety, or they don’t see it as an important lifetime activity. My goal for my students is to learn the fundamental skills need to ride and care for a bike, and hopefully influence families to use these skills to promote a healthier lifestyle.”

The bicycles and helmets will be at Berkeley Terrace until January 4th, and then will be transported to Chancellor Avenue Elementary School.

About the Grantee

New Jersey Association for Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance (NJAHPERD)

NJAHPERD is dedicated to advancing quality health education, physical education, recreation, dance education, and athletics through professional development, programming, advocacy, and collegial exchange. The Association promotes responsibility and development of healthy active lifestyles for New Jersey’s students, educators and community members.