Volunteer Andrew Discusses Bike to School Days

Andrew volunteering at West Middle talking to a student and her father about how she rides with her musical instrument to school.

Andrew volunteering at West Middle talking to a student and her father about how she rides with her musical instrument to school.

Through working with PedNet this semester, I have really learned that volunteering is a very vital way of giving back to the community in a positive way. I volunteered for the monthly Bike to School Days and was assigned to West Middle School to provide refreshments and prizes to encourage kids to ride their bike to and from school.

I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of Bike to School Days because it gave me an opportunity to encourage the children in our society and teach them the importance of proper exercise, such as riding a bike to school! Bike to School Days take place the first Friday of every month as middle school students (and sometimes event their parents) ride to school to support the bicycling community. As a PedNet volunteer, I would set up a station to hand out snacks, refreshments, and prizes such as bike bells, sunglasses, chapstick, and bike lights, to the participants as they arrived at school. We gave out healthy snacks such as fruits and water so that they could hydrate for the long day in class.

As I interacted with the kids and their parents I really enjoyed it and wished I had something like this wonderful event at my middle school growing up. I feel like in our society the younger generation doesn’t get out and ride their bikes enough. I feel this event has shined the light back on the importance of riding a bike, specifically for today’s youth. I’m very fortunate to be apart of this wonderful organization and the positive experiences we give back to the Columbia, Missouri community.