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Riding to healthy success with recent donation

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Riding will soon be a part of gym class in several Corning Painted Post schools. The district is getting more than a dozen bikes, free of charge. Our Katie Husband tells us who's behind the donation and why teachers are so excited.

CORNING, N.Y. -- This week's Phys. Ed. lesson: How to spin.

"How would you like 18 new Trixter Bikes donated? And my first response to him was, absolutely, where are we getting them from?" said John Knapp, physical education teacher at Northside Blodgett Middle School.

The riding bikes, worth of over $12,000, are a donation to the Corning-Painted Post School District from Corning Hospital.

"Saw the bicycles and we hit a home run with this one," said Knapp.

Knapp says this is a continuing relationship between the district and Guthrie. But this donation tops them all.

"We would never be able to purchase these bikes on our, own let alone the number of bikes they're providing for us," said Superintendent Mike Ginalski.

The activity addresses a key need at the middle school level.

"This is just another opportunity for students, again, in a combined effort to try and fight the child obesity epidemic," said Ginalski.

When the new equipment arrives, it's going to be an extra unit during gym class.

"Whether it's climbing knolls or hills or mountains or straight flats, the resistant knob will allow the students to face like what we call, a head wind to kind of make it tougher and to activate their cardiovascular systems," said Knapp.

Within the next couple of weeks, this is where all 18 bikes will be set up where students will be able to take advantage of the long term benefits.

"If you motivate students, cardiovascular and really get the neurological part of their brain stimulated and helps them improve academic scores and better behaviors in the classroom and that's our ultimate goal," said Knapp.

With the help of the bikes, these students will soon be spinning their way to success in and out of the classroom.

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