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Tykes learn trike safety to help St. Jude

June 13, 2013
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

Last week, the students at Boardman United Methodist Preschool racked up the miles as they learned bike safety and then took part in a tricycle marathon to raise funds for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

"St. Jude Trike-A-Thon is a fun program that exposes children to proper trike and riding toy safety habits," said BUMP Administrator Mandi Schialdone.

She said BUMP was one of thousands of preschools across the nation that was taking part in the Trike-A-Thon. It kicked off with four days of learning tricycle safety. On Monday, the students learned about helmet safety. On Tuesday, they learned about never riding in the street. On Wednesday, they learned the dangers of riding near driveways and on Thursday, the lesson was about always watching where they are going.

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Photos By J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
The toddler class at Boardman United Methodist Preschool spent last week learning about bike safety while raising funds for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. On Friday, all the BUMP students got a chance to put their learned skills to the test in a bike-riding marathon. Pictured from the toddlers class are, in front: Aiden McCausland; in middle row: Brandon Bryyarly, Brooklyn Dailey, Izzy Lewis, and Lainey Powell; and in back row: Celestina Cerneka, Chase Willis, and Oliver Tomhave.

The students also learned about St. Jude and how it helps children with cancer. They learned how St. Jude never denies treatment to a child whose family can't afford to pay. To do that, the hospital needs donations to help cover some of the costs of treatment.

To help the hospital, the students at BUMP got sponsors for their participation in the Trike-A-Thon on Friday.

"We challenged family and supporters of BUMP to join us in helping to teach our kids about riding safety while raising funds for St. Jude," said Schialdone. "I'm proud our kids are able to help give hope to thousands of children battling cancer and other deadly diseases at St. Jude."

Friday saw the students riding inside because of the wet parking lot, but every BUMP student still got to practice their new trike safety skills while riding for the Trike-A-Thon. By the end of the afternoon, the kids were all ready to head home with the skills that will keep them safe this summer.



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