Kindergarten students get brand new bikes after Whitsitt Elementary School wins grant

Posted at 3:04 PM, Nov 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-23 16:04:53-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Kindergarten students at a Nashville elementary school are learning how to ride a bike because of a big donation.

Whitsitt Elementary received 22 Strider Bikes and helmets from All Kids Bike through a $5,000 grant.

"They see their older brothers and sisters on bikes and they were asking 'can we do it,' and I reached out, and we were able to win the grant," said Kevin Terry, physical education teacher at Whitsitt Elementary.

All Kids Bike's mission is to teach every kid in the country how to ride a bike in kindergarten P.E. classes. The foundation is able to give schools free equipment thanks to donors.

Kevin Terry has been teaching his first through fourth graders but knew the younger students would seize the opportunity.

"I felt like I could get their confidence level early on," Terry said.

Other schools in the Nashville area have also received bikes from All Kids Bike. They are Eagle View Elementary, Bellshire Elementary, Glenview Elementary, Warner Elementary and Amqui Elementary.

Many of the students at Whitsitt Elementary come from immigrant homes where some parents are unable to prioritize a bike lesson.

"Maybe down in Brentwood, Mt. Juliet or other cities they have access to these items in their home or at their school and I really want our students to have the same opportunity those students have," Terry said.

According to the foundation, approximately 625 kindergarten students will learn to ride bikes at the school over the next five years.

"I'm glad to be able to be a part of that in these children's lives," he said.