NEWPORT NEWS—Students across Newport News—and the Newport News Books on Bikes program—got a big boost from Anthem HealthKeepers, which donated trike bikes to 13 Newport News preschools and elementary schools on August 24.
Newport News Public schools’ Family and Community Engagement Specialists will use the trike bikes to stay connected with students and promote literacy after school hours and during school holidays. The specialists and other school staff, who serve the 13 schools, will use the bikes to ride along with the Newport News Books on Bikes volunteers to visit neighborhoods to deliver books directly to students.
Students at Denbigh Early Childhood Center, Watkins Early Childhood Center, Marshall Early Learning Center, Achievable Dream Academy, Carver Elementary School, Hidenwood Elementary School, Jenkins Elementary School, Katherine Johnson Elementary School (formerly Lee Hall), Newsome Park Elementary School, Palmer Elementary School, Sanford Elementary School, Saunders Elementary School and Sedgefield Elementary School will benefit from the program.
Books on Bikes keeps children excited and engaged in reading. The initiative increases access to books while helping to build a relationship between home and school as teachers and other staff deliver books with popsicles throughout student neighborhoods. Books on Bikes originated in Charlottesville and three Newport News Public Schools teachers replicated the program locally which has expanded throughout the city.
For more information on the Newport News Books on Bikes program, visit their Facebook page.