MEMS to Host Bike Fair for Grades 7 and 8
Amy Verner of Battenkill Sports Bicycle Shop and Manchester police officer Paul McGann are collaborating with MEMS phys ed teachers Pat Whalen and Brian Jennings and school nurse Carol Baringer, to present a Bike Fair for seventh and eighth graders at Manchester Elementary School on Friday, May 30. Students who have bicycles should bring them to school that morning, along with a helmet. Students without a bicycle can still participate in this event.Bike mechanics will be on hand to check bikes for safety. Other activities include a helmet fitting, riding skills and a station where students will learn how to do their own bicycle safety check and discover what to wear for highest visibility while riding.
Students who bring a mountain or cross bike will go on an adult-guided ride from MEMS to Riley Rink on an off-road trail. Parents who would like to ride with their child are encouraged to do so, but it is not required. Students who are planning to ride must wear a helmet. Seventh graders will meet on the side playground from 9 to 10:20 a.m.; eighth graders from 10:40 a.m. to noon.
Several members of the Manchester and the Mountains Bike Club have volunteered their time to help with this event. Manchester 20-20 Bike Committee is supporting and promoting these events. For more information, call Carol at 802-362-1597, extension 1127.
Verner will also be presenting a bike safety program at MEMS for grades K to 5 on Thursday, May 29. Her session will include rules of the road, proper helmet fitting and wear and the ABC’s of the bicycle.