Elementary students participated in Bike/Walk to School Day, Bike Clinics and Bike Rodeos last week.

Elementary students at Sleepy Eye schools participated in National Bike or Walk to School Day on Wednesday, May 9. That was the first of the bike riding events held at the local schools. That afternoon students in kindergarten through third grade had bike clinics in the classroom—presented by Police Chief Matt Andres and Ambulance Coordinator Shari Hittesdorf. Thursday, May 10 was Bike Rodeo Day. Pictured on a cool, misty morning, is Aiden Krzmarzick, who joined over 50 students at Sleepy Eye Elementary School who either walked or rode their bike to school on Wednesday.

St. Mary's first grade students are pictured all lined up to ride through the Bike Rodeo course on Thursday morning. They are wearing the helmets they received the previous day, compliments of Sleepy Eye Medical Center. All Sleepy Eye first graders received bike helmets. Police Chief Matt Andres told the students at their classroom bike clinics that if they are “caught by the police” wearing their helmet while biking, the police officer will give them a coupon for a free cone at Dairy Queen.

The Bike Rodeos held at Public, St. Mary’s and St. John’s school (pictured here) on May 10, consisted of students riding a bike or scooter through a course that included weaving between cones, riding around a circle of cones and riding fast in a straight line and coming to a stop at a STOP sign. Police officers, EMTs and SEMC staff set up the course and supervised/assisted the students as they rode through it.