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Little bikers ride for St. Jude

Monday, April 14, 2008

Pre-school students at Roundbarn Daycare practice the safety rules they have been learning all week during the school's recent Trike-a-Thon. The event was a safety event and fundraiser for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Pre-school students at Roundbarn Daycare Center took part last week in St. Jude Children's Research Hospital's Trike-A-Thon which teaches kids about safety and charity.

"Our kids spent all last week learning about safety and now they get to put what they learned into practice," said Program Director Julliette January.

The program has been around for more than 20 years and helps raise funds for St. Jude's. It introduces key concepts of riding safety, and concludes with a fun-filled event where the participants bring their riding toys from home and show off the skills they have learned.

In addition to learning how to stay safe, the children also learn about helping others through gaining sponsorships from friends and family for St. Jude.

The Trike-A-Thon is a special program developed for early childhood educators and childcare centers to teach children riding safety tips. Trike-A-Thons are held throughout the year, but reaches its peak during the Week of the Young Child, which is April 13 -- 19.

Established in 1971, the Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration focusing public attention on the needs of young children and their families and the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.

The program is sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the world's largest early childhood education association.

Roundbarn Daycare is one of over 8,600 preschools and daycare centers across America participating in the Trike-A-Thon program. Their combined efforts contribute more than $7.7 million to St. Jude every year.

"This program is a wonderful way to teach bike safety, while also instilling in children the important lesson of helping others," comments January.

For more information about the Trike-A-Thon program, please call 800-626-BIKE or visit the Trike-A-Thon Web site.

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