UAPB Child Development Center gearing up for Trike-A-Thon

Bobbie Handcock | UAPB School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences

Trikeathon_photo1PINE BLUFF, Ark. – The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Child Development Center is gearing up for a St. Jude Trike-A-Thon on Friday, April 18. The experience teaches children riding-toy safety while raising funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.

“The Trike-A-Thon is an age-appropriate way to introduce preschoolers to the idea of helping others,” said Dr. Marilyn Bailey, director of the UAPB Child Development Center. “The event is a fun way for the children to see the coming together of the community around them to promote the wellbeing of others.”

Toddler and preschool classes will be riding bicycles, tricycles and other toys on that day.

“The event promotes the learning of bike riding safety techniques, while helping to pay for treatments to help other children feel better,” said Latoya Conway, Trike-A-Thon coordinator.

The Trike-A-Thon features a curriculum that includes riding safety lessons through interactive stories and music. At the end of this week, children will put their feet to the pedals and practice what they’ve learned. The local community can sponsor children in the Trike-A-Thon by pledging an amount-per-lap the children ride or a one-time donation.

“The event supports St. Jude which is a leader in the fight against childhood diseases and we encourage sponsors to make a donation payable to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,” Dr. Bailey said.

For more information about the Trike-A-Thon at the center, contact Dr. Bailey at 870-575-8809 or email baileym@uapb.edu.

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