Girls happily reading their books - at Orchard Place Des Moines

Donations to the Orchard Place School Benefit Summer PE Program

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The phrase ‘summer school’ is often dreaded by kids who might otherwise prefer that their summer break be school free. But thanks to Variety Club of Iowa and the Des Moines Bike Collective, recent activities at the Orchard Place School might make kids and adults alike a bit jealous. 
 
Residents of the Orchard Place Campus School are enrolled in summer school. High school students earn high school credit in the summer. Many students at the Orchard Place Campus are deficient in physical education credit. This is the second year that Orchard Place School added PE to summer course offerings. 

Gail Soesbe, Principal at the Orchard Place School, and Aaron McMurphy, PE instructor, worked together to add a bike ride outing from Gray’s Lake to Principal Park this summer.

However, the Orchard Place School didn’t have bikes or helmets. That’s where two outstanding organizations stepped in to help. Rob Muenchrath, Des Moines Bike Collective Operations Director, helped the Orchard Place School rent bikes at a low cost for the day. He delivered the bikes to Gray's Lake, provided a bike riding lesson and was there to pick up the bikes for return. 
 
The Variety Club of Iowa donated 15 new bike helmets to the Orchard Place School. The weather the day of the bike ride was near perfect and was mentioned as ‘favorite’ activity of the summer physical education class this summer.

Thank you to the Des Moines Bike Collective, Rob Muenchrath and The Variety Club of Iowa for providing bikes, helmets, and bike safety training for our students!

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