Mildura Specialist School is the latest lucky recipient of a Ride2School grant, which will be put towards a bike education program for students.
Mildura Specialist School is one of 15 schools to receive active travel grants of up to $5000 thanks Ride2School and the Victorian Government.
Ride2School Coordinator Serman Uluca visited Mildura this week to award the grant, and was overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of both the students and teachers.
"It's always exciting to see how a school can utilise an active travel grant, particularly at Mildura Specialist School where the future benefit for the students are so highly valued," Mr Uluca said.
The $4700 grant will be used to train six teachers at the school so they can run an internal bike education program for their students.
For Mildura Specialist School, having the ability to tailor the physical education program to meet the needs of the students was particularly important to Physical Education teacher Ben Stevenson.
"The aim is to improve students capacity across the school in bike riding, not only in our school grounds, but in the wider community," Mr Stevenson told the Sunraysia Daily.
This has extra special meaning for his students, some of whom are not capable of obtaining a drivers license due to their disability.
"A bike could be their only means of transport and their link to independence, so it's vitally important that they have the skills and the confidence."
Bicycle Network's Ride2School program delivers up to $110,000 worth of grants each year for schools to put toward initiatives that make it easier for students to actively travel to and from school.
Schools can apply for grants of up to $5000 at a time which can be put towards initiatives like bike education, bike parking or active paths to and from school.
The next opportunity to apply for school grants will be in Term 3.
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