South Middle School receives bike grant to help benefit students' health

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MORGANTOWN, W. Va. (WDTV)-- South Middle School is one of nearly 40 middle schools in the country getting a grant for a "Riding for Focus" biking program.

The grant is giving the school the opportunity to have a cycling class.

Students are able to sign up for the 9-week course to get the opportunity for a more in depth learning experience abut the benefits of cycling.

Right now, the school has a bike club with about 60 students who participate in a ride once a month.

Through the grant, the school will be getting 21 custom-designed bikes and equipment.

The specialized program is also an effort to combat symptoms of ADD and ADHD through physical activity.

"It's going to give us a chance to really dive into cycling. We're going to get to talk about the physics behind it, some of the theory behind it, and the nutrition. All of the aspects other than just pedaling a bike," said Jeremy Bartholow, the Bike Club Supervisor.

When the program gets started the students' progress, grades and attendance will be monitored.