The Pedal Bikes with Keystone SMILES Returned to West Forest

The first and second graders at West Forest Elementary had an opportunity to ride pedal bikes and learn the basic rules of the road. Each student was fitted with a new bike helmet to use all summer.

Keystone SMILES of Knox came to the school and set up an obstacle course with road signs, crosswalks, pediatricians and other bike riders. The students are first fitted with a bike helmet, then they are given a brief lesson about road signs and then directions to riding the pedal bike and the course. Then the best part is to ride on the obstacle course and follow the road signs. In the course there are three paths the children can follow to learn the different signs.

The children learned to stop, yield, merge and to be aware of others riding. The students needed to watch for others stopping ahead of them or riding faster or slower than them on the course.

The students were so excited to be outside and learning a new skill. They were very thankful to have a new helmet and the opportunity to learn to ride. Each year this is an exciting activity for the students.

Pictured: Cole Dunkel and Lily Beach

Pictured: Evelyn Lesko and Abrielle Summerville

Pictured: Lillian Bawden, Isabella Naser, Reid Gibson, Mary Lesko, Nathan Beach

West Forest 2020 Co-Salutatorian ~ Noah Burke

Noah is the son of John and Stacy Burke. He has three sisters, Sarah, Annah, and Avah.

While at West Forest, he participated in soccer, basketball, and baseball. His clubs included National Honors Society, Varsity Club, Yearbook, and Fitness Club. He is also a member of 4-H.

Noah has been awarded the Ruth and Vernon Taylor Salutatorian Award, the Presidential Excellence Gold Award, the Soccer Scholarship, Sports Boosters Scholarship, Athlete of the Year, the Lions Club Vocational Scholarship, the Kinnear Scholarship, and Penn Tech’s Earth and Space Science Scholarship.

His future plans include attending the Pennsylvania College of Technology, to become a Heavy Equipment Operator, and eventually starting his own excavation business.