Tikes on Bikes at CSM

Charles County Sherriff’s Officers Cpl. Robert Kuhnow

CSM’s Youngest Students Raise Funds and Learn Cycle Safety Tips

The students at the College of Southern Maryland’s St. Charles Children’s Learning Center (CLC) participated in a “Trike-A-Thon” fundraiser to benefit the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The students raised more than $200 as well as learned bicycle riding safety tips.

For the Trike-A-Thon the students rode their bicycles, tricycles and other wheeled toys through an obstacle course set up in the parking lot of the CLC with the 2- and 3- year-olds going through the course first, followed by the 4- and 5- year-olds. Lynn Duff, director of CLC, said “The funds raised by the children will cover the cost of two X-rays for a little one that is not so fortunate.”

During the Trike-A-Thon the children received support from the Charles County Sherriff’s Office.  Pfc. Lewis Payne, Cpl. Robert Kuhnow and Cpl. Lee Potter helped the children put on their safety helmets correctly, assisted younger children with their bikes, provided helmets for students who did not have helmets and using eggs demonstrated how safety helmets protect the brain from injuries.

The Trike-A-Thon culminated a week of instruction and activities dedicated toward bicycle safety. During the week, the students painted boxes used for the obstacle course, to represent the town of La Plata.

The St. Charles Children’s Learning Center provides quality childcare and is a safe learning environment for children of students, faculty, staff and community. The center’s program is devoted to enhancing the lives of children ages infant through pre-school through a child-centered developmentally appropriate curriculum. For information about the St. Charles Children’s Learning Center, visit www.csmd.edu/clc.