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This school year the D.C. public school system is teaching all
second graders to ride bicycles as a part of a new physical education program.
This initiative is a part of a larger goal created by D.C.'s
public school system called "Cornerstones" which aims to ensure that students in
each age group will share common experiences.
Third grade students will study the city's history, fifth grade science
students will learn how to clean up oil spills and many more children will
experience more than 200 shared experiences developed by DCPS teachers.
The 400 bicycles are being circulated throughout D.C. elementary schools compliments of the Department of Transportation.
"As an educator, we want to pair enjoyment with being physically
active, and I'm having them learn that without them even knowing it," P.E.
teacher Mike Richards told ABC News.
Students are learning safety rules for riding with traffic, hand
signals and general bike safety. But more importantly, Richards believe that
these classes are teaching the children to stretch their imagination when
thinking about how far the can do in life.
"Kids feel like they're stuck here," Richards said. "Giving them
the freedom to move puts thoughts in their heads: 'Hey, I don't have to stay in
one place. I can go places. I can go where I want. I just need the means to do
For one student, Hassan Walker, this was his first opportunity
to ride a bicycle, something he was extremely proud of.
"For me, I never rode a bike until now," said 7-year-old Hassan
Walker. "I think I'm doing good."