The Mariemont Kiwanis recently donated two AmTryke bikes to the Mariemont City School District to use in the elementary schools.
According to the company’s website, an AmTryke is a therapeutic tricycle for people with disabilities.
Governor of the Kiwanis Ohio District, Amy Zimmerman, attended the Kiwanis meeting to speak about Kiwanis’ efforts to distribute AmTrykes to adults and youth alike, including veterans and school districts. To date, Kiwanis has distributed 64 AmTrykes across the state of Ohio.
“When you see a child receive an AmTryke for the first time, the child smiles this incredibly large smile because, many times, it is the first time the child has been able to ride a bike or it’s the child’s first bike,” said Zimmerman. “It’s been a phenomenal project and one I proudly champion. I appreciate Kiwanis’ support with it.”
The Mariemont City School District is incorporating the two AmTryke bikes into its occupational and physical therapy programs with elementary students. The district has students with a range of special needs and these bikes can be customized to fit numerous therapeutic, recreational and social purposes and goals. Jen O’Brien, occupational therapist at Mariemont Elementary, says the district plans to use the bikes on the playground, in gym classes and for sensory motor breaks.
“We want every student to feel supported and included and come to school being proud of their skills,” said O’Brien. “We will be able to use these smaller bikes to help students at all elementary grade levels, which is when kids are learning fundamental skills, like bike riding.” She says the social aspect of riding a bike brings everyone together and allows children of all abilities to spend time together with their peers.
“We’re fortunate to have a great community that supports us,” said Tricia Buchert, director of student services. “We’re incredibly grateful to Kiwanis for this gift to our students.”