Riding for Focus
Hands-On Academic Program Improves Attention Through Bicycling
AIM Academy was selected by the Specialized Foundation (now Outride) as a Riding For Focus grant recipient in 2016.
Program Champion and AIM Academy Teacher Anne Rock thinks AIM's research-to-practice focus, population of diverse learners and its location along the Schuylkill River Trail made it a perfect match for Specialized's program.
During the 2016-2017 school year, 12 AIM 8th graders experienced the challenges and successes of this hands on learning program which includes riding bicycles year round and participating in the Specialized curriculum designed to improve attention in the classroom for students with ADHD and the program has expanded to include 7th and 8th graders.
“Our faculty and occupational therapists anticipate great benefits reaped from the Riding for Focus program on students’ executive functions, academic focus, and physical well-being,” Rock said.
“I am thrilled for the opportunity to be one of the few schools in the nation to participate in this phenomenal program,” said AIM Athletic Director Mike Brooks. “The Riding for Focus curriculum truly mirrors AIM’s philosophy, and does so in a way that encourages a lifelong healthy lifestyle.
Enjoy this Riding for Focus program video, filmed and produced by AIM Middle School Media Arts students and read more about AIM's Riding for Focus opportunities in the Specialized Foundation's Riding for Focus Newsletter.
Middle School Art students in Susan Braccia's class created Riding for Focus-inspired art during the program's inaugural year. Specialized executives liked the creative pieces so much they asked to reproduce the works on canvas in order to display them behind the reception desk at Specialized headquarters in Morgan Hill, Calif.