The GROW project is offered for kindergarten students of Lamar Consolidated Independent School District. To earn a brand new bike, the children are responsible for reading 15 minutes a day. Each child will receive a computer to take home to complete this reading online. If the child keeps up with their reading throughout the program, they will earn a bike for their hard work.
“During the first two years of the program, we served 50 students from Seguin Early Childhood Center. During year one, the average usage in the program was 818 minutes. During the second year of the program, we partnered with the organization CYCLE to provide all students that met the minimum summer usage requirement a new bike and helmet. The average usage for year two increased to 1,471 minutes. 43 of our 50 students earned the bike, and we believe it was a huge part of the success of the program. Both statistical and anecdotal data from year two show that students not only avoided regression in multiple areas, but many students made academic gains in their early literacy skills. This summer we are having year three of the GROW project. We’ve seen great success from the program and have actually been given Title 1 funds to quadruple the program’s reach to 200 students across 6 campuses.” – Mandy Bryan, Lamar CISD
GROW Project Bike Builds
The interns of Southwestern Energy Company (SWN), had a bike build during their welcome week to the company. Together, they built 40 of the 200 bikes needed for the project. They had a bike building competition, made some new friends, and had a blast building the bikes for the kindergarteners. Thanks guys!