The season of giving got off to a ‘wheel’ fast start at Fair Oaks Elementary on Nov. 16 as 250 students and their siblings received bicycles from a national organization.
Free Bikes 4 Kidz (FB4K) is a nonprofit that collects gently used bikes, cleans and fixes them, and then donates them to children in several states, including Minnesota and Wisconsin. Since 2008, the organization has lived its mission—to help all kids ride into a happier, healthier childhood—by giving away 32,000 refurbished bikes.
Anne Strootman, resource manager at Fair Oaks Elementary, said her school’s partnership with FB4K began last month.
“[FB4K] did a similar giveaway at a school in Fridley last spring,” she added. “Lucky for us, we have a connection to that school via a staff member’s spouse. When FB4K was looking for another school to work with, our name was submitted.”
The event at Fair Oaks marked FB4K’s first donation event of 2017—and also happened to coincide with Give to the Max Day, Minnesota’s statewide day of giving. To help ensure students ride safely, the organization also provided free helmets with each bicycle donation.
“Having these bikes will not only promote physical activity for our students,” Strootman said, “but also give them a pride of ownership and independence.”