Educators don’t stop caring about kids once school lets out for the summer. And never was that truer than at the Board of Developmental Disabilities team building Bike-A-Thon™.
Bike-Thon™ Benefits Children’s Mentoring Connection
The board arranged for a day of team building for teachers and administrators before the beginning of a new school year. It’s important to refresh soft skills and gently remind folks that they’re on the same team before the busy school year begins. Things like effective communication, problem solving, and conflict resolution strategies keep team members’ goals and objectives in alignment.
The Bike-A-Thon™ followed a morning scavenger hunt and picnic lunch at Camp Berry, an area Boy Scout camp. The bicycles assembled by the group would be donated to Children’s Mentoring Connection (CMC). This local non-profit serves kids by partnering them with adult volunteers who can mentor them and have fun with them, too.
Educators Make a Difference for Findlay, OH Kids
The 80 teachers and educators who joined us that day self-selected ten teams among them. Easy banter gave way to friendly competition as they realized that winning games and challenges was the only way to earn the bicycle parts needed for assembly. Games like Dice Banking, Wordles, and Group Writing elicited laughs and cheers.
Challenges and activities encouraged working together. While there were a few folks who had some experience in putting bicycles together, there were a couple of people who’d never held tools before. There was no reason for anyone to worry, though. Teams shared resources, encouragement, and strategies for assembly.
While we hoped to be able to deliver ten bicycles, these folks went above and beyond. They completed 12 new bicycles!
A Successful Day for the Board of Developmental Disabilities
We were fortunate to be able to arrange for someone from the Children’s Mentoring Connection to join us that afternoon. Stacy A. Shaw, LCW, accepted the donated bicycles. She also said a few words about the CMC’s mentoring program. We eagerly listened to their success stories of kids and volunteers who made a difference in each other’s lives.
A brief wrap-up discussion allowed people the chance to talk about how they benefitted from the Bike-A-Thon™, too. Participants took lots of pictures of their work, and we got everyone together for one group photo. We’re pretty sure that photo will find wall space in the offices of both the CMC and the Board of Developmental Disabilities!