Early Childhood Center Trike-A-Thon to teach bike safety and raise funds for pediatric cancer patients 
Posted 04/12/2018 03:31PM

The Oakridge School Early Childhood Center will join thousands of preschools, daycares, and other groups across the country in sponsoring a St. Jude Trike-A-Thon event during the week of April 23 – April 27 to benefit St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital®, one of the world’s premier pediatric cancer research centers.

ECC students show off their wheels at 2017 Trike-A-Thon.

The week-long event teaches bike and riding-toy safety lessons using interactive stories featuring characters, Bikewell Bear® and Pedals the Bunny®. At the end of St. Jude Trike-A-Thon Week, students will bring their tricycles to school to practice their newly learned safety lessons from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Friday, April 27.

In addition to safety lessons, children learn about helping others including the patients of St. Jude. Families, friends and the community team up to support the hospital by pledging a donation for St. Jude Trike-A-Thon Week. Because no patient is ever denied treatment from St. Jude because of an inability to pay, funds from public fundraisers such as The Oakridge School Early Childhood Center event help the hospital’s mission of finding cures and saving children.

“We challenge families and supporters of The Early Childhood Center to join us in helping to teach our children about riding safety while raising funds for St. Jude,” said Betty Garton, Early Childhood Center director and event coordinator. “I’m proud our students are able to help give hope to thousands of children fighting cancer and other deadly diseases at St. Jude.”

This marks the 28th year that The Oakridge School has supported the St. Jude Trike-A-Thon and/or Math-A-Thon program. The school has raised $94,848 since it began in 1990. Last year, the Trike-A-Thon raised $6,770. Since its inception in 1983, the St. Jude Trike-A-Thon program has raised more than $100 million. For more information on how to make a donation through The Oakridge School, visit or contact Mrs. Garton at (817) 451-4994 ext. 2716. 

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