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C.E. Williams Middle (North Campus) using bicycles to enhance students’ well being

Youth Cycling EdC.E. Williams Middle School’s North Campus is excited to announce that the school will be participating in Outride’s Riding for Focus program. 

Outride is a non-profit organization that provides an evidence-based school cycling program, Riding For Focus, to improve middle school students’ social, emotional, and cognitive health.  

Riding For Focus is designed to provide schools with everything they need to get their middle school students riding, including bikes, helmets, teacher training,  curriculum, and maintenance through local bicycle retailers.  

We are excited to partner with Ride For Focus to give our sixth-grade students the opportunity to learn bike skills and safety,” said Principal Maite Porter. “Through this grant, we will receive 20 Specialized (brand) bikes assembled by our generous business partner Ride Bikes in West Ashley. Our P.E. teachers will complete  training this spring and we will be ready to kick off in fall of 2022.” 

Physical activity has an impact on cognitive skills such as concentration and attention, and it also improves student engagement and behavior, all of which are important components of improved academic performance.  

The program also helps children learn how to ride bikes. On average, 20 percent of students at a middle school don’t know how to ride a bike before the program. By the end of Riding For Focus, students who didn’t know how to ride felt confident. 

It’s been a challenging year and youth need a safe outlet to experience freedom and joy,” said Lauren Freeman, Riding For Focus Program Manager. “There’s no better way to do that than by riding bikes. Students need bikes now more than ever and we at Outride are committed to getting more youth on bikes. We are so  thrilled to be onboarding our 2021-2022 schools.” 

This is the third middle school in Charleston County School District to participate in the program. St. James-Santee Elementary-Middle School and Deer Park Middle  School are in their third and second year, respectively. The goal of Riding For  Focus is to establish a sustainable school cycling program that will help students