This story relates to National Ride2School Day 2020.

Our Mount Lawley PS students and community enthusiastically joined the 2020 Ride2School Day and activities leading up to the event. The Mount Lawley PS Traffic Management Group organised the programme of events with the aim to get the students interested in cycling and to encourage their participation.

Before the day, our programme of events included: - Creating a promotional display in the school library several weeks before Ride2School Day. Students and parents helped hang bicycle tyres and cycling attire from the ceiling, along with signage encouraging students to decorate their helmets in a freaky way in support of ‘Freaky Friday’. - Organising and running Bicycle Education workshops for our year one students. See ‘Learning to ride with confidence’ story.

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On Ride2School Day, many students decorated their helmets to support the Freaky Friday theme. Students and parents also donated gold coins toward the World Bicycle Relief Initiative. Over $165 was raised, which will go toward providing bicycles to students in developing countries to assist them riding to school.

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As students arrived on the school grounds, they were invited to have a go around the supervised obstacle course. This was set up on the basketball court to allow students on bikes, scooters and skateboards to practice their skills before school started. This was a big hit with students and teachers alike. The queue seemed to never-end. Check out school Librarian Ms Brodie scooting the course before the students arrived!

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Also, during the morning assembly students were addressed by two traffic Police Officers from the Western Australian Police Force about the importance of bike safety. MLPS is very grateful to have Ben and Glen speak so passionately to the students.

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The day was a great success, with strong support and participation from all students across all year levels riding bikes, scooters or skateboards to school. There was a real buzz about the event and it was fantastic to see the school’s two bike stations full with overflow of bikes stacked on the basketball court.

MLPS are looking forward to participating in the National Ride2School Day next year.

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James (Your Move)

Thanks for bringing us back up to date with your MASSIVE R2SD event Neil! It is clear that your Traffic Management Group really put in a big effort to organise an outstanding day. And it is also evident that that effort paid off in terms of participation numbers plus the all-important 'buzz' factor which will leave people wanting more! You have earned 40 points for the event day, 30 for having an obstacle course, 20 bonus points for the 'outstanding' nature of the day resulting from also adding in the dress up comp, displays and Police visit, and lastly 10 bonus points for sharing so much information with the YM community.

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