Newell PE program receives Strider bike donation

February 21, 2019

NEWELL — The Newell School District received a donation Feb. 12 of 26 Strider bikes to be used in its kindergarten and first-grade P.E. programs.

The Strider bikes were directly donated by the founders of Strider, Ryan and Kristi McFarland.

The Newell School District was contacted back in December that an anonymous source had donated money to the kindergarten P.E. program. It wasn’t until later that they learned that they were getting 26 new Strider bikes from the founders of the company.

Strider is a company based in Rapid City that has seen worldwide success with their innovative bikes designed for young children. Strider bikes allow children to learn to balance and ride on two wheels without the distraction of pedals. The rider propels the bike forward by pushing on the ground with their feet. When they are ready for pedals, there is a pedal kit that can be attached to form a classic bicycle.

The school plans to use the bikes indoors to begin with, but there is a possibility of using them for an outdoor safety course in the future.

The 26 Strider bikes will be put to use in the kindergarten and first-grade P.E. classes just as soon as the school purchases helmets and other safety equipment.

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