Lee's Summit Journal

Off to summer school, and a healthy lifestyle

Jason Wichman, 7, rides his bike to summer school.
Jason Wichman, 7, rides his bike to summer school. Photo provided

Summer school is a great option for kids to participate in summer learning. Lee’s Summit R-7 Schools offers Elementary Summer Learning at five elementary schools. This means 18 schools flow into five schools. Drop-off and pickup lines can take upward of 30 minutes.

Long lines of waiting in the car can lead to parents considering other options to get their kids to and from school. If you live close to the school, walking or biking is an option. Here is a kid’s perspective on biking to summer school. It’s clear from the question and answer session that Jackson Wichman, attending Trailridge Elementary, enjoys the travel time.

Why do you bike to school?

I want to, it is fun.

What do you enjoy about biking to school?

You get exercise.

Do you have to follow certain rules while on your bike?

Stop at crosswalks, listen to your parents, and wear your helmet.

Any tips for other people who may want to start biking to school?

Wear your helmet, listen at all times, and be kind to others who are biking. 

If you are thinking about walking or biking to school, check out these safety tips.

▪ Review safe walking or biking rules with your children.

▪ Plan a safe route to get to school.

▪ Be a role model for your children by following safe rules.

▪ Use the sidewalk, if one is available. When on a street with no sidewalk, walk facing the traffic or bike with traffic.

▪ Before you cross the street, stop and look left, right and left again to see if cars are coming.

▪ Use crosswalks if they are available.

▪ Never dart out in front of a parked car.  

This article was submitted by Molly Wichman, a Lee’s Summit resident and member of the Livable Streets Advisory Board, a volunteer board whose goals include working to make our community and Lee’s Summit streets more “livable,” safe and accessible.