Monsanto Employees volunteer at elementary school to teach students about bike safety

Students at Waialua Elementary School used their artistic skills and gained some valuable safety knowledge, thanks in part to Monsanto employees who volunteered their time for the school’s Bike Safety and Awareness Event.

For the past several years, Waialua Elementary School has partnered with Bike Ed Company to educate its fourth grade students about bike safety and riding their bicycles around the school. This year, Monsanto Hawaii’s Haleiwa Site Supervisor Caleb Dohrman spearheaded an effort to get employees involved. Company volunteers taught students about bike maintenance, how to properly wear safety gear and about bike safety rules.

“I grew up in a small community in Indiana where kids often had to ride bikes to go to town or see friends, and they would also receive bike safety guidance in school, similar to the program at Waialua,” said Dorhman. “In the Waialua and Haleiwa area, the streets are often very crowded with cars and tour buses, as well as people wanting to go to the beaches. I wanted to bring my experience and share bike safety knowledge with local youth.”

The fourth grade students also participated in the school’s Bike Safety Awareness Poster Contest, which highlighted safety themes including “Always Wear a Helmet,” “Bicycle Safety Rules” and “My Bicycle and I – Reflective and Ready.” Three winners were selected and received brand new bicycles and pressure gauges donated by Monsanto.

The company also donated $1,055, which helped to fund helmets, reflective arm bands and safety pamphlets for each of the students. In addition, Monsanto volunteers painted yellow safety stripes around the school to increase awareness about taking proper precautions when riding a bike or crossing the street.

“Wailua Elementary School is very pleased and proud to have Monsanto as one of our school partners,” said Twila Richvalsky, Waialua Elementary School’s parent community network coordinator. “We enjoy working with the Monsanto employees and hope the relationship continues for many years.”