MANCHESTER - MEMS 7th and 8th graders will be participating in a "Bike Fair" on Friday, May 30. Amy Verner, co-owner of Battenkill Sports Bicycle Shop, and Manchester Police Officer Paul McGann, who coordinate "Take a Kid Mountain Biking," are collaborating with MEMS PE teachers Pat Whalen and Brian Jennings, and Safe Routes to Schools Coordinator and School Nurse Carol Baringer, to present a morning of learning and fun around bicycling.

Students who have a bicycle should bring them to school that morning, along with a helmet. Bike mechanics will be on hand to check bicycles to ensure that they are safe to ride. Other activities include a helmet fitting station, a riding skills station, and a station where students will learn how to do their own bicycle safety check and discover what to wear for highest visibility while riding. Students who bring a mountain or cross bike will go on an adult-guided ride from MEMS to Riley Rink on an off-road trail. Parents who would like to ride with their child are encouraged to do so, but it is not required. Students who are planning to ride must wear a helmet. Students who do not bring a bicycle can still participate in this event. The 7th graders will meet on the side playground from 9 a.m. - 10:20 a.m., and 8th graders from 10:40 a.m. - noon.

Several members of the Manchester and the Mountains Bike Club have volunteered their time to help with this event. Manchester 20-20 Bike Committee is supporting and promoting these events.

For more information contact Carol Baringer at MEMS at 362-1597, ext. 1127.


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Battenkill Sports Amy Verner will also be presenting a bike safety program at MEMS for grades K-5 on Thursday, May 29. Her session will include rules of the road, proper helmet fitting and wear, as well as the ABC's of the bicycle.