For one day in April Birchview Elementary is transformed into a college campus. K-5 students are given an afternoon to learn something entirely new and take classes that they register for. I can tell you that these classes and the people teaching them make it a lot more exciting than I remember my college classes being. Classes like Dentistry, Cooking Healthy Snacks, Gardening, Chemistry, and Movie Making are offered. It’s pretty awesome!
Kids select two classes and spend a Friday afternoon learning hands-on what these topics are all about. Parents and other community volunteers teach the classes and really make it special for the kids. For our own kids, it has been a school highlight and something they look forward to each year.
For a 3rd straight year, Wheely Good has taught a class on bike maintenance and safety on the road. We have such a blast each year interacting with the students. The kids learn how to change a flat tire, the right way to wear a helmet, rules of the road, basic bike maintenance and of course, always a favorite, how to trick out your bike. Kids love adding zip ties to their wheels; converting an ordinary bicycle into a motorcycle sounding hot rod. We also had fun this year demonstrating how not to ride a bike by some hilarious demonstrations by Professor Parker.