NPHS Unveils Adaptive Bicycle at Special Ceremony
On Thursday, May 31st a special ceremony was held to unveil a brand new adaptive bicycle gifted to Newbury Park High School by non-profit PAUSE4Kids. This unique bicycle, valued at $3,500, gives special needs students greater mobility, and the opportunity to participate in outdoor leg strength exercising, while receiving significant therapeutic benefits. The bike features a low-to-ground seat, extended frame, and pull-away handlebars.
The ceremony took place at the Newbury Park High School track where students demonstrated their bicycling skills by taking the adaptive bicycle for a ride on the track.
Brief remarks were shared by PAUSE4Kids Vice President and board member, Terri Hilliard, an estate, elder care and special needs attorney, Dr. Mark McLaughlin, Superintendent of CVUSD, and Lisa Miller, Assistant Superintendent of Student Support Services about the value of this new resource for Newbury Park High School’s students.
“We appreciate the support from PAUSE4Kids for our students with special needs, “ said Lisa Miller, Assistant Superintendent of Student Support Services for the Conejo Valley Unified School District. “Especially, their effort to find means for our children to have equal access to physical activity – this adaptive bike is a wonderful example of inclusion in action!”
The idea for the bicycle was fostered by PAUSE4Kids member, attorney Kathy Greco. While attending a Newbury Park High School meeting concerning special needs education programs, she became aware that the students could ride stationary bikes for exercise, but their riding experiences were limited.
“I immediately understood the value of special needs students being able to move and get around like the other kids, which would be far more motivating,” Greco said. During the meeting, she contacted the PAUSE4Kids board of directors to seek scholarship funding for a unique, three-wheeled bicycle that would better serve the children at the school.
“We are pleased to enable the school district to help fill a gap in support for their special needs students," said Hilliard. "The adaptive bicycle is an innovative way to touch many children in a positive way for years to come and we hope our action will encourage others to more fully look at the needs of these great kids.”
PAUSE4Kids is a 501(c)3 non-profit serving Ventura County and surrounding area residents. The organization provides information, support, and services for children with special needs and their families. The group also gives scholarships for services to families that cannot afford them and cannot obtain funding from other sources. For further information, contact PAUSE4Kids at 805-497-9596 and online at www.pause4kids.org.