St. Joseph Central Students Ready for Bike to School Day

Record Number: 19133
Displayed from: May 04, 2021 , until: Jul 04, 2021

Students at St. Joseph Central Elementary, 6341 St. Joe Center Road, will ride to school together Wednesday, May 5, which is National Bike to School Day.

Last month, the Fort Wayne Police Department Bike Patrol Officers and Parkview Trauma Centers visited St. Joseph Central to make sure students were ready to celebrate National Bike to School Day. They shared important bike safety information and demonstrated how bike helmets save lives. Parkview Trauma provided free helmets to fourth- and fifth-grade students planning to join the ride on Wednesday. Bicycle Indiana and Fort Wayne Trails also offered free Bicycle Safe Driver training to parents and staff.

Students will gather at a designated location Wednesday morning to ride to school together. They will be joined by teachers and other school staff, Bike Patrol Officers and FWCS Superintendent Dr. Mark Daniel. Members of the Allen County Active Transportation Coalition will provide a celebratory atmosphere with sidewalk art and assist students with wayfinding along the route. Fort Wayne Outfitters will have a mechanic on hand for any mechanical mishaps and is providing bike and helmet rentals to St. Joseph Central staff members who want to participate.

In addition to teaching students how to travel safely and the importance of wearing a helmet, Bike to School Day is designed to build awareness in the community that there are many children who walk and bike to school. It is a reminder to adult drivers to be aware and patient as students make their way to and from school. Wednesday’s event is also part of Kickstart Fort Wayne, a month-long community celebration of bikes, art, music and theater.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.