Bikes in May for Bristol Elementary 5th-graders who follow goals

       A program giving Bristol Elementary's fifth-graders a chance to earn free bicycles by the end of the school year kicked off at an assembly at the school this week.
       Called Kids on Bikes, the mission is “to provide bikes to children through programs that inspire a healthy lifestyle, independence, and achievement,” according to a press release from Lindsey Arkfeld, executive director of the Colorado Springs nonprofit organization.
       Under the program, “students are rewarded with bicycles for achieving academic, behavioral, and character-based goals set at the beginning of the school year,” Arkfeld said. “With the assistance of their teachers and Kids on Bikes, the students track their progress toward their goals throughout the year.”
       Bristol has about 40 fifth-graders. Janet Oliver, school social worker, said the program provides incentives for the kind of behavior the school would also like to see.

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