Bayport-Blue Point HS starts bicycling curriculum in gym classes
The Bayport-Blue Point High School is letting students have a gym class on wheels.
The new bike program is part of a new grant that's boosting the curriculum.
Tricia Livington, a physicial education teacher and the health and physical education chairperson at the school, says they wanted to infuse something different.
A $1,500 state grant provided six new bikes and helmets.
The neighborhood's seed organization along with Bayport Blue Point Booster Club provided more money to give the class a total of 10 bicycles and helmets.
The class now cycles around the local towns.
"I think it changes the attitude when they know it's a spring day and they know we have biking unit in the curriculum," Livingston says. "They look forward to it, they ask for it."
Students say they haven't ridden a bike in a long time and are happy to get back on to cycling.
Camille Valentine, a senior at Bayport Blue Point High School, says she hadn't ridden her bike since middle school.
"I was like, 'OK, let's do it," Valentine says. "It's fun and it's something I haven't done in a long time. It's nice to get outside and not be in a stuffy room all day."
Other students say it's great to get out of the buildings and get fresh air during the day.
The grant was given through New York State American Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance Association.
Their goal is to add an addition 14 bikes