Students at Davenport School of the Arts are enjoying a fleet of new bicycles, thanks to a grant from the Specialized Foundation.
DSA is one of 37 schools this year to receive a grant to begin the Riding for Focus program, which integrates cycling into physical education classes as a way to help students achieve academic, health and social success. In addition to receiving the new bikes and helmets, DSA has partnered with Winter Garden Wheel Works to help build and maintain the school’s fleet.
“Brain-based research shows how students can better focus and perform academically immediately following physical activities such as cycling,” said Susan Searls, physical education teacher at DSA. “This is a nationally proven program … we know our students will greatly benefit from it.”
The Specialized Foundation’s Riding for Focus program serves more than 20,000 students across 77 schools in 30 states.