First of all, thank you to the Sacramento River Cats for their support of this year’s Auburn Elementary Bike Club and thank you to Katie Smith of Safe Kids California for administering this program. This year’s club members with 4th grade teacher Luke Brownell:
I am simply “Coach.”
An hour later, I was at Auburn Elementary for their annual Family Festival. Elle arrived early to set up the course on her own since I was finishing up in Placerville. We had one side of the playground for the bicycle skills course.
Sheriff’s deputies helped with the Calf Roping station.
Maria’s Mexican Tacos provided food – they’re a local attraction in Auburn. Several locals came to the school just to pick up dinner.
The other half of the playground focused on health and nutrition.
There was some misty rain, but I set up a simple course anyway to practice riding in hazardous conditions and using the stop and right turn hand signals. It had been a minimum day with parent conferences – a challenge for good attendance. Hurray for the four girls who showed up! There were only two bicycles and were generously shared.
Lindsey zooms by.
Mr Brownell is the staff advisor.
(Honestly I needed to go to work this afternoon, the past two weeks have been difficult. Coaching this bicycle club is so rewarding, such a happy place with eager learners. After the club meeting, I went to my friend Maria’s and that’s when I got the phone call, Mom had passed away. Her suffering was over.)
A couple of weeks ago, no one showed up, but today – Hurray! – there were 11 mostly 4th and 5th graders present.
I shared many ways this bicycle club could develop and tried to find out what the students were interested in. Teacher Luke Brownell is the staff advisor and Miha Tomuta of WALKSacramento is the administrator of the program that funds my LCI coaching position.