Third graders at Holmes finished their Geared Up study of simple machines by learning about a situation where a simple machine actually changed a girl’s life.
The story from World Bicycle Relief is about 15-year-old Ethel walked more than two hours across hilly terrain each day to attend school in Kenya. With a bike, her commute now takes 45 minutes. She’s happy to arrive at school on time to pursue her goal of becoming a nurse. In addition to setting an example as a successful student, Ethel has mobilized her community by using her bicycle to transport fellow classmates to school.
Making connections between students, their curriculum and the world at large makes our programs so much more valuable.