Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

April 23, 2013

Trike-a-thon teaches preschoolers about charity

The Daily Iowegian

---- — CENTERVILLE — During a bike safety lesson, Kid’s World preschool teacher, Dawn Johnson, asked her students why they were participating in a trike-a-thon. Her 20 students knew the answer. They had been collecting donations and learning bike safety for a week to help sick children.

“We are helping the sick kids,” exclaimed 4-year-old Addy Henderson.

“That’s right,” Johnson said. “The healthy kids, like you guys, are going to help raise money for the kids that don’t feel so well.”

On April 5, the children rode their tricycles around the playground bike path to practice their newly acquired safety knowledge and show their support for helping “the kids who don’t feel so well” at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

This year marked the ninth year the preschool has held a trike-a-thon to benefit the hospital.

“We’re always looking for ways for the children to give back,” said Terri Johnson, Kid’s World Director. “We felt that this is a way that we can incorporate it into the classroom. It also relates to our PBIS Expectation: Be a Friend.

The children understand that they are being friends to children they will never meet.”

Over the years, Kid’s World has raised more than $4,500 for the hospital.

This year’s preschool class raised $645.