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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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G Ross Elementary School -Design for Change USA Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Creating Bike Paths in Lancaster, PA
    • Design for Change
    • Kids on the Move
    • G Ross Elementary School
    • November, 2010
  • 2.
    • “ One act of real usefulness, is worth all the abstract sentiment in the world.”
    • - Ann Radcliffe
    Design For Change Contest USA
  • 3. The Challenge Simple Step Process 4
  • 4. Challenge Accepted! Fifth Graders at G Ross Elementary School in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • 5.
    • 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
  • 6.
    • 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
  • 7. Step 1: Feel
    • Problem:
    • Busy streets allow no room for kids to negotiate riding safely.
    • Most kids ride in alleys and sidewalks .
  • 8. Step 1: Feel
    • Why Bike Paths?
    • We feel there are not enough places for kids to ride their bikes safely in Lancaster City.
  • 9. 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
  • 10. Step 2: Imagine
  • 11.
    • Putting our ideas together was a lot of fun!!
    Step 2: Imagine
  • 12.
    • 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
  • 13.
    • 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
  • 14.
    • 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
  • 15.
    • 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
  • 16.
    • We had ideas…
    Step 2: Imagine
  • 17.
    • … and more ideas! (We had a lot of ideas!)…
    Step 2: Imagine
  • 18.
    • … 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
  • 19.
    • We wrote a letter to
    • Mr. Keith Orris, vice president at F&M, to show our support.
    Step 3: Do
  • 20.
    • We created a petition for Ross students to sign.
    Step 3: Do
  • 21.
    • We met with Mike, manager of the Gretna bike shop – one block from our school…
    Step 3: Do
  • 22.
    • … he was excited to help us out!
    Step 3: Do
  • 23.
    • But, we needed to reach more people…
    Step 3: Do
  • 24.
    • Our principal, Mrs. Hopkins, agreed.
    • So, we worked with the local Department of Transportation to plan an event...
    Step 3: Do
  • 25.
    • … 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
  • 26. 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.
  • 27. 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!
  • 28. Challenge Conquered!
    • We really can change our world!
  • 29.
    • Thank you for the opportunity to share our story!