Why? Emphasize Safety Awareness in riding & Raise funds for Sheridan’s Story
Our annual Wheel-a-Thon will be held on Wednesday May 16 from 10:30 – 11:45. We encourage everyone to participate even if you do not usually attend on Wednesdays. On May 16th, every child needs to bring a riding toy (trike, scooter, balance bike, bike…) that they can safely ride and a helmet to BCCC. Parents/Guardians are welcome to come, watch, and cheer their riders on during the Wheel-a-Thon. If your child does not normally attend on Wednesdays, you are welcome to bring your child (adult must stay) at 10:30 along with their helmet and item to ride.
The current plan is to have a group ride to Cooper Park as a large group – families who are bringing their child for the event could choose to meet us at the parking lot. We’ll be riding around and around a large track drawn with chalk in the Cooper Parking lot. If the night before we find the weather is questionable then we’ll change venues and ride around the lower level of our center – one class at a time (which is still a lot of fun).
What will happen and why? We at BCCC support the philosophy of getting outside to play and strive to reinforce the ideas of how to be safe while doing so. Our teachers will use time prior to our event to talk about riding safety. Officer Mike, a.k.a. “Bike Cop”, will be coming on Monday, May 7th at 10:00 to talk about bike safety. Additionally, Officer Shun Tillman, from the 3rd precinct, will come to BCCC on May 15th to talk to the preschoolers about safety in the community. Officer Shun talks about things like calling 911, stranger awareness, what to do with sharp objects if they find them, and other safety topics. If your child doesn’t attend on Monday or Tuesday you are welcome to join us to hear from these special guests in Fellowship Hall at 10:00 to learn with us, these visits typically last about 30 minutes.
BCCC has held a silent auction during the spring potluck and combined that money with whatever funds the children raise from the Wheel-a-thon to donate to an outside organization like H2O for Life, World Vision and Second Harvest. This year we are raising money for Sheridan’s Story. The Silent Auction event raised $781!
Here is a link to read about Sheridan Story’s purpose and how they are impacting our community: https://www.thesheridanstory.org/overview-video/
In each family mailbox, you will find a collection form. Children can ask family and friends to sponsor them as they practice safe riding skills here at BCCC. Typically sponsors donate a flat fee to the participant. Teachers will talk to children about only asking people that their parents/family have said is okay to ask.
*After the Wheel-a-Thon we’d like to invite everyone to bring their lunch and join us at Cooper Park for a picnic and some outdoor fun, weather permitting.