Application 2009-2010 Nancy Taylor District Ten Environmental Award Submission Altrusa International of Montrose presents the

FirstAnnual Kids on Wheels Bike Challenge

The goal of our Environmental Committee this year was to create an educational program to increase bike riding to reduce carbon emissions and improve fitness by establishing bike riding as a life long habit, beginning with local middle school students. Our hope at targeting this age group was to encourage students as they enter into driving age, that they will continue to realize the importance of bike riding for its health benefits and environmental impact.

Our Challenge started off with a bike safety rally being held at a local sporting goods store. We offered bike maintenance, bike licensing and bike safety clinics with the help of a local chapter of Kiwanis and the local City Police Department. When the students finished all three phases of the rally, they were awarded with a gift bag that contained items that were pertinent to bike safety and physical fitness. The items were donated by Altrusa, Kiwanis, and other local businesses.

The next phase of our program was a month long challenge for students from two local middle schools to ride their bikes to school. Each day the students rode they received a ticket to submit into a drawing for weekly prizes. At the culmination of the challenge period, all participants were entered into a grand finale drawing to win either a brand new mountain bike or a reconditioned mountain bike (two bikes given away at each school). Students were also given extra credit from their physical education classes for participation.

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Altrusa International of Montrose Presents: The First Annual Kids on Wheels Bike Challenge

Club: Altrusa International of Montrose - Montrose Colorado

Membership: 86 Members

Club President Information: Roberta Hoey 66850 Solar Rd. Montrose Co. 81401 Phone: 970-249-3873

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Over the challenge period, Altrusa members gave out a combined total of 862 tickets that were entered into our drawings. Our project utilized 23 percent of our club to participate in both the rally and school challenge. As a whole over 33 hours were expended in preparation and participation. Altrusa worked with a local Kiwanis group to help carry out the bike rally portion. We had two advertisements of our event published in the local newspaper, as well as news write ups of the winners of our challenge and an article that asked for community awareness and attention to bike safety as the challenge period began. We had radio coverage of the event as a public service announcement.

In conclusion, we feel that our Bike Challenge was a very worth while project. We received correspondence from students and school staff. They conveyed the excitement and environmental awareness that this project created for the students. The Environmental committee has plans to improve and expand our challenge to include all non motorized forms of transportation methods at getting to school (skateboards, rollerblades, walking etc.) and to integrate more educational materials for classes to tie in with the impact of non motorized transportation vs. riding in cars, utilizing reading, geography and math skills.

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Kids & Teens: Bring your bikes!

Saturday, Sept. 19
Jeans Westerner - side parking area lOam to 1 pm
• Register your bike with the City of Montrose Police Dept. (Altrusa will donate $1 fee for the first 100 participants). • Bike maintenance dinics at 10, 11 and noon: Work with experts from Jeans Westerner and The Sports Authority to service your bike. • Bike safety dinics every half hour: Learn the rules of the road from Kiwanis experts. • Free gift bag for completing maintenance safety dinics donated by Altrusa, Kiwanis, &

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How the challenge works for students ...
Every day you ride a bike to school during the challenge period, your name will be entered into weekly drawings for great prizes: • Every Friday, one girl and one boy from each school will win a $25 gift card donated by The Sports Authority. • On October 16, one bike challenger from each school will win a bike donated by

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Altrusa or Jeans Westerner!

Newspaper clippings of Press Releases and Advertisements as featured in the Montrose Daily Press

Altrusa sponsors 'Kids on Wheels' bike challenge

Altrusa sponsors cycling program
Re: Multi-tasking puts public at risk

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The Environmental committee of Al\rusa International held a month-long contest, "Kids on 'MleeIa;' that challenged students from both Columbine Middle School and Centennial Middle School to ride their bikes to school to help the environment and create better health. Winners of the bike challenge were presented with new bicycles on Oct. 17, courtesy of Attrusa and Jeans Westerner. ABOVE, Attrusans Kylee Smith, left, and Janis Marcha, . right, present bike challenge winner, Zach Lasher of Columbine Middle School, with a new Haro mountain bike. BELO~,Altrusan Cheryl Gibson congratulates Andrew Cretti, 'Kids on Wheels' bike winner from Centennial Middle School. Cretti was also the recipient of a new Haro mountain bike.

Have you ever multi-tasked behind the wheel? Music, food,drink, conversation, grooming and cell phones- nothing mixes well with a vehicle capable of amazing V» lenee, Drivers: please watch out fur bicyc1ists.Please drive extra carefully before and after school. Beginning~ Sept 2l, the Montrose Altrosa Club is sponsoring a month-long "Kids on Wheels" to encourage students at Centennial and Columbine Middle Schools toride their bike to school Expect to see more cyclists on the streets. ' Cyclingpromises healthy exercise, energy independence and converuentmobllity Wewish this fur all of our children. And above all, we wishfor their saf~ Drive carefullJC Chel'yl Gibson, Janis Marcha, Susan~ Kylee Smith. Natalie Frush, Susan W~ Carolee Hawkins, Kaye HotsenpilleI; Anita Johansen, Dl: Sheryl Solow
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Saturday, Sept. 19
Jeans Westerner - Side Parking Area, 10 am to 1 pm

Sept. 21 to Oct, 16
. • Every day you ride a bike to school during the: challenge: period, your name will : be entered into weekly drawings for great prizes: • • Every Friday, one girl and one boy from each school will win a $25 gift card : donated by The Sports AMthority. • • On October 16, one bike challenger from each school will win a bike donated : by AJmu. or Westerner!

Kids & Teens:Bring your bikes and helmets!
• Register yOW' bike with the City of Montrose Police Dept. (Aitrusa wjli donate $1 }:c jol' the first 100 participaTlts). • Bike maintenance clinics at 10, 11 and noon: Work with experts from Jeans Wcitenler and The Sports AutlJority to service your bike. • Bike safety clinics every half hour. Learn the rules of the road fcom Kiwanis experts. • Free gift bag for completing maintenance and safety clinics donated by 'Irrusa, Kuoanis, and jeans Westcmcr (while supplies last).

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Altrusa International Kids on Wheels Bike Safety Rally held at Jeans Westerner in Montrose Colorado Saturday, September 19th, 2009