USD 231 third graders visit with Gardner Police Department bike officers during a bike rodeo at Grand Star Elementary School on Sept. 22. Students received donated bike helmets and learned about bicycle safety. Submitted photo

USD 231 third graders visit with Gardner Police Department bike officers during a bike rodeo at Grand Star Elementary School on Sept. 22. Students received donated bike helmets and learned about bicycle safety. Submitted photo

Grand Star Elementary hosted third grade students in the Gardner Edgerton School District for a bike rodeo, Sept. 22.
During the event, students traveled to eight different stations to learn how to stop and go safely, how to use hand signals, to look over their shoulders, ride in a straight line, weave through cones and listened to important information about being safe on the road. Students also enjoyed a picnic lunch.
Each participant received a free bike helmet courtesy of the University of Kansas Medical Center, and certified bike experts fitted the helmets for students.
Now in its eighth year in USD 231, the annual bike rodeo has fitted and donated more than 2,500 third graders. District physical education teachers hope the event will spark an interest in students to get exercise on wheels and to wear their helmets.
In addition to volunteers from the University of Kansas Medical Center, other groups assisted including Johnson County Fire District No. 1, Johnson County Med-Act, the Gardner Police Department and members of its bike team, and Watch D.O.G. volunteers.