A Bike for Every Kid
Organized by University of Dayton students to encourage safe and fun bike riding, the annual project began 11 years ago as part of the first-year engineering curriculum at UD. In recent years it has continued as an all-volunteer effort by UD students. They collect children's used bikes every fall and meet for Saturday work sessions throughout the winter to repair and clean the bikes. By April, the UD students are ready to host the annual event, where children receive a bike, new helmet (compliments of Children's Medical Center), bike lock, T-shirt and a UD "big brother/sister" to teach some basic lessons in bike safety. UD's School of Engineering and the Fitz Center both provide essential support to Wheels for Kids, and engineering students continue in their leadership roles. With Fitz Center guidance, Wheels for Kids has now partnered with each of Dayton's Neighborhood School Centers, adding to UD's commitment to support these five Dayton Public Schools and their respective communities.