Ethel A. Jacobsen School Students Get in Gear for Bike Parade

Jun 19, 2019
Photo by: Juliet Kaszas-Hoch

Surf City — Cycle-ology might not be part of the curriculum at the Ethel A. Jacobsen Elementary School, but last Tuesday, June 11, that was exactly the focus of the Long Beach Island School District’s pre-kindergarten through second-grade students. The youngsters gathered in the north side parking lot of the E.J. School, in Surf City, astride their bikes – many of them decorated for Flag Day – and pedaled a loop down South Second Street, along Barnegat Avenue and back through the parking lot for the fourth annual Bike Parade.

Staff and family members cheered on the students from the grassy school grounds, on a sunny and breezy afternoon with the excitement of the impending summer break in the air.

“Each year the event gets bigger and better,” first-grade teacher Sarah Esarey noted. “This year we were able to incorporate a pedal-powered Spin Art Bike, as well as our Fender Blender, which makes dynamite smoothies.”

As school nurse Bianca Aniski explained, the school was awarded a grant from AtlantiCare’s “Healthy School, Healthy Children” wellness program to enable the spin art and blender bike stations.

The event also featured “a grab-and-go fruit and beverage table, sponsored by the LBI Education Association, for our very hungry, very active, calorie-burning student cyclists,” Aniski remarked.

E.J. Principal Frank Birney and the Surf City police directed traffic on Barnegat Avenue to ensure the kids stayed safe, and the Surf City Volunteer Fire Co. and EMS joined the party “to pump a huge arc of water for the kids to ride under,” said Aniski. Some of the kids danced in the grass under the mist of the firehouse spray, blown southward in the strong north wind.

Esarey pointed out, “This is one of our best events involving the community and school as one. Between the teachers, staff, administration, parents, board of education members, and the Surf City police and fire departments, we all come together to create a memorable end-of-the-year celebration for the kids.

“A special shout-out goes to the LBI Education Association, Walters Bikes and AtlantiCare for funding the Bike Parade.” —J.K.-H.

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