Wish for Wheels partners with many amazing companies and organizations who donate, build and give new bikes/helmets to children.
We build bikes through a custom team building event, physical challenge, happy hour events or something unique we organize for kids! We hope we can not only just provide bikes to kids, but also make their life better through a simple gift.
So, let’s build relationships by biking!
Relationships are one of the fundamental elements that form the human society. A positive relationship is critical in terms of keeping a friendly environment. For second grade students, the relationship in school, also known as the school climate (Lenzi et al., 2017), has a great impact on the school life of the students as it relates to sense of community and safety. One effective way to develop a relationship is to spend time doing certain things together. For second grade students, riding bikes and being active can help them bond, communicate with others, and develop a sense of camaraderie.
When riding together, under the appropriate guidance, second grade students will have the chance to feel the care and love, as well as learning to take care of each other. For example, students can be asked to ride from one location to another in a large group with no one left behind. This may help students to feel the team spirit and learn to offer help when necessary. Moreover, students can be divided into small teams to compete with each other in terms of a simple race. In the process of racing, students will have the chance to learn from their teammates, develop strategies, and perform in a real race. Simply receiving a bike at the same time as the rest of your classmates, has an ability to unite students from all backgrounds. If all the children in a grade level have a bike, they already have something in common to bond over.
On the other hand, riding a children’s bicycle, with the accompanied by parents, can also be a good way to communicate and establish a positive parent-child relationship. Good communication between the parent and the child is vital in terms of developing a positive parent-child relationship (Munz, 2015). Having effective communication with your child has a positive impact on their behavior. Previous studies on the communication with children have developed several theoretical frameworks, such as the attachment theory, family systems theory, and social learning theory (Braithwaite and Baxter, 2006). Among these theories, scholars have come to an agreement that the communication between the parent and the child is not limited to the talking. The behavior also plays a critical role in the process of communication. In this case, riding a bike with parents can create a chance of developing a positive parent-child relationship where the joy, love, and the sense of accomplishment come together and make positive interaction.
- Braithwaite, D. O., & Baxter, L. A. (Eds.). (2006). Engaging theories in family communication:
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- Lenzi, M., Sharkey, J., Furlong, M. J., Mayworm, A., Hunnicutt, K., & Vieno, A. (2017). School Sense of Community, Teacher Support, and Students’ School Safety Perceptions. American Journal of Community Psychology, 60(3-4), 527–537.
- Munz, E. A. (2015). Parent-Child Communication. The International Encyclopedia of Interpersonal Communication, 1–5.