Harford Magazine - Page 13 - Pedal power - continued from page 12

Harford Magazine
- Page 13
Pedal power - continued from page 12

Christina Douglas, principal of Hall’s Cross Roads Elementary School in Aberdeen, says administrators have noticed an increase in children who bike to school since Healthy Harford/Healthy Cecil and Jamsquad held a bike rodeo at the school last year. They believe it encourages attendance.

 

“We never saw bikes on our old bicycle racks. Now, even on cold days, there are three to five bikes there and eight to 10 in warmer weather,” she says. Jamsquad members are proud to help children overcome tough barriers, but they also take pride in simply bringing happiness to children who may not have a lot of possessions.

 

“We’ve had children jumping up and down and say ‘This is the best day of my life,’” says Buckleman.

 

Healthy Harford/Healthy Cecil plans to continue to help Jamsquad connect to bike riders, says Klein. “Jamsquad is a group of young people who saw a problem, figured out a solution and do it well.”