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G Ross Elementary School -Design for Change USA



Kids on the Move-- G Ross Elementary School (Lancaster, PA) 5th Graders worked on 'Creating Bike Paths' to address Childhood obesity problem

Kids on the Move-- G Ross Elementary School (Lancaster, PA) 5th Graders worked on 'Creating Bike Paths' to address Childhood obesity problem



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    • Creating Bike Paths in Lancaster, PA
      • Design for Change
      • Kids on the Move
      • G Ross Elementary School
      • November, 2010
      • “ One act of real usefulness, is worth all the abstract sentiment in the world.”
      • - Ann Radcliffe
      Design For Change Contest USA
    • The Challenge Simple Step Process 4
    • Challenge Accepted! Fifth Graders at G Ross Elementary School in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
      • Why Bike Paths?
      • Childhood obesity is a problem.
        • Fifth graders felt Michelle Obama’s initiative needed support.
        • Students agreed kids need more exercise.
      Step 1: Feel
      • Why Bike Paths?
      • While activity can take many forms, most city kids love to bike ride – a great way to exercise!
        • The problem: No safe place to ride.
      Step 1: Feel
    • Step 1: Feel
      • Problem:
      • Busy streets allow no room for kids to negotiate riding safely.
      • Most kids ride in alleys and sidewalks .
    • Step 1: Feel
      • Why Bike Paths?
      • We feel there are not enough places for kids to ride their bikes safely in Lancaster City.
    • Step 2: Imagine
      • Question:
      • What would it be like for kids to be able to ride their bicycles safely in the city of Lancaster?
      Brainstorming our project ideas
    • Step 2: Imagine
      • Putting our ideas together was a lot of fun!!
      Step 2: Imagine
      • We met with city officials and leaders!
      Step 2: Imagine Students with Rick Gray, Lancaster City Mayor Students with James Street Improvement District Program Director Ms. Nauman
      • We talked with Mayor Gray about:
      • green space;
      • designating streets for bike riding.
      • And, we suggested a schedule for bikes just like there is for street cleaning.
      Step 2: Imagine
      • Ms. Nauman showed us plans for an urban parkway that nearby Franklin and Marshall College is creating in our neighborhood.
      • They hope to connect the existing three-mile-long Farmingdale Trail with the new Brickyard site to create a labyrinth of trails for hiking and biking.
      Step 2: Imagine
      • We discussed our goals:
        • To promote bike safety in our community.
        • To support – and encourage others to support – creating bike paths in the new urban parkway.
        • To show kids where they can ride for fun.
        • To share with parents how important exercise is for kids and how much fun we have riding our bikes in the city.
      Step 2: Imagine
      • We had ideas…
      Step 2: Imagine
      • … and more ideas! (We had a lot of ideas!)…
      Step 2: Imagine
      • … but what could we DO?
        • We decided:
          • To write a letter and to start a petition to support creating bike paths in the new urban parkway.
          • To sponsor a community event at our school to raise awareness of our cause, with help from the:
          • Local police department
          • James Street Improvement District (JSID) bike patrol
          • Cycle Smart Kid’s Program
          • Gretna Bike Shop
      Step 3: Do
      • We wrote a letter to
      • Mr. Keith Orris, vice president at F&M, to show our support.
      Step 3: Do
      • We created a petition for Ross students to sign.
      Step 3: Do
      • We met with Mike, manager of the Gretna bike shop – one block from our school…
      Step 3: Do
      • … he was excited to help us out!
      Step 3: Do
      • But, we needed to reach more people…
      Step 3: Do
      • Our principal, Mrs. Hopkins, agreed.
      • So, we worked with the local Department of Transportation to plan an event...
      Step 3: Do
      • … A Bike Rodeo!
      • Who: Lancaster City Community
      • What: A Bike Rodeo and Safety Program
      • When: May 2011
      • Where: G Ross Elementary School
      • Playground and Parking Lot
      Step 3: Do
    • Step 4: Share
      • There’s no stopping us now!
      • Our plan is in place! We did it!
      “ What a cool idea!” – Officer Ted Makauskas “ We will be there to share Bike Safety.” – Trooper Thomas, Our State Police Community Rep.
    • Step 4: Share
      • … And, we aren’t finished yet!
      • By the time our event takes place we will have touched our community of:
      • 55,129 people!
    • Challenge Conquered!
      • We really can change our world!
      • Thank you for the opportunity to share our story!