NEWPORT -- Peter Alexander's freshmen physical education class at North Country Union High School welcomed two guest speakers on June 2, whose focus was on healthy life-long biking options and bike safety.
Beth Barnes, the Fit and Healthy coordinator from Healthworks One Coalition, talked about biking options on a daily basis for "kids" of all ages. Jeff Manning, owner of the Village Bike Shop in Derby, demonstrated a bike safety checklist that should be performed before any ride, as well as fielded questions from the students (and the teacher). Travel bags were raffled off, and the class finished with a 20-minute safety video that re-enforced many of the topics discussed in the presentation.
When the weather permits, the PE students will participate in a biking unit in the weeks to follow, taking advantage of the local 4-mile-long bike path, as well as the "Primeau Paths" (MSTF ski trails).