The June 2 Ride for Missing Children is just around the corner—and Fisher Elementary is doing its best to promote bicycle and children safety in the community.
The Ride for Missing Children is one of the premier events in the nation to promote bike and children safety. The ride:
- Honors the memory of all missing children;
- Raises public awareness of the plight of all missing and exploited children and the need for child safety education; and
- Raises funds to support the missing children poster distribution, community education for the prevention of child abduction and sexual exploitation, and the mission of NCMEC-NY/MV in serving our community here and across New York State.
In keeping with “May is National Bike Month,” Melissa Kehler from the National Center of Missing & Exploited Children-NY/Mohawk Valley’s Ride for Missing Children Safety Committee visited Fisher and shared important bike safety rules with the students:
• Check first. Ask a parent for permission. That way a trusted adult knows where you are.
• Take a friend. Groups of two or more children are safer than a child alone.
• Tell people, “No!” if they try to touch you or hurt you.
• Tell a trusted adult if anything makes you feel sad, scared or uncomfortable.
Fundraising for the Ride
Faculty and staff at Fisher have been raising money for custodian John Pagnotta and PreK teacher Martha Higgins. The two will each bicycle almost 85 miles as participants in the Ride for Missing Children. Pagnotta and Higgins join five other CVA riders, Emilie Huxley and Jennifer Arcuri from Barringer Road, Colleen Bunce and Karen Casler from Jarvis, and Ellen Burney from CVA.
Fisher combined the message of bike safety with a Spirit Days fundraiser. Spirit Days raised $300. Each day the students wore something to school as a reminder of the importance of bicycle safety:
• Hat Day to remind students the importance of wearing a helmet while riding their bikes,
• Community Hero Day to honor those who work hard to protect our children),
• Neon/Bright Day to promote bicycle safety,
• Team Spirit Day to show the importance of working as a team to make a difference, and
• Pink, White and Blue Day to honor those who ride to support the mission of the Ride for Missing Children.
Later in the month the school held a “Hang a Bike”fundraiser during which students and staff purchased paper bikes for one dollar, wrote their names on the bikes, then displayed them throughout the school.