Bikes Donated For Drivers Ed Classes at Spotswood High School

By: Carly Stephenson Email
By: Carly Stephenson Email

HARRISONBURG, Va -- Students who are taking drivers education classes at a Rockingham County high school will now be using bikes in class.

It's all thanks to a generous donation from a non-profit bike organization.

Teachers at Spotswood high school are excited to move forward after accepting a $10,000 donation from the DR 100 Wednesday.

That money bought 31 bikes and 35 bike helmets. Some of the students hopped on and took off right after the presentation.

Cindy Ferek, who teaches at Turner Ashby High School, said it's a more effective way to get students out of the classroom and learning the rules of the road.

She founded the original program using bikes to drive 10 years ago.

She says a lot of what you learn in biking is the same when you're behind the wheel of a car.

Ferek said that spending too much time in the classroom wasn't making students effective drivers.

"So when we got this Powerpoint years ago, I started teaching it and the kids were bored to death. I mean they had that deer in the headlights look and they're just like when is this going to be over. It didn't work. You've got to engage the teenage brain and so movement facilitates learning," said Ferek.

The students at Spotswood High School may start using the bikes in what used to be the old drivers ed course.

Right now that area is a parking lot but they'd like to turn it back into an area that can be used for the bikes.

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