ACES/Bike to School Day

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ACES & Bike to School Day—May 4, 2016

Project ACES was created by a physical education teacher in 1989 as a method of motivating children to exercise. The event is an international celebration of health, more commonly known as All Children Exercise Simultaneously, or ACES Day.

Bike to School Day brings community leaders, parents, students and other stakeholders together to build awareness for communities to be more walkable and bikeable, while promoting the importance of physical activity. Biking to school counts as an ACES Day activity.

The Michigan Fitness Foundation coordinates both events on the same day, with help from Safe Routes to School, the Michigan Department of Transportation and Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan.

Last year’s results:

  • Participating Schools: 939
  • Participating Students:307,051
  • Participating Michigan Counties: All 83

 

This celebration emphasizes physical activity among students and helps combat childhood obesity. Any school that participates in Bike to School Day is now also part of Project ACES.

Michigan schools have the freedom to make the event their own and are encouraged to get creative! Schools have observed ACES Day in a variety of ways, including:

  • Walking parades
  • Biking to school
  • Dance aerobics classes
  • Field days, or outdoor events

 

Please direct all questions to Allie McLary at allie@piperandgold.com

2016 ACES Registration

The ACES Day packets that include stickers, newsletters and certificate of participation, have already been sent out, so you will not be receiving this packet of materials. However, we will still email the Certificate of Participation signed by the Governor if you'd like to print that for your students.

For additional materials to help your school promote and plan the event, check out our School Tool Kit here.

Click to view a list of 2016 registered schools (updated 4/26/16)

Questions? Ask Allie McLary at allie@piperandgold.com

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Please provide the following information:
Fields with an * are mandatory.
Your materials will be shipped via UPS. Please list your school's STREET ADDRESS. No P.O. Boxes or residential addresses will be accepted.
Email addresses are important in order to receive up-to-the-minute communication about ACES and other related programs.
Example: K-2, K-5, K-6, 6-8, etc.
This number will be used to determine the amount of materials sent to your school

Students in grades K-8 are invited to participate in our poster contest to celebrate ACES (All Children Exercise Simultaneously) Day on May 4, brought to you by Farm Bureau Insurance. Students participating in Bike to School Day, brought to you by MDOT, are also invited to enter!

How to Enter:

  • On 8.5x11 inch paper, students are encouraged to get creative and interpret this year’s theme: Make your own adventure, get out and get active!
  • Send entries to: Katie Johnson, Safe Routes to School Program Coordinator
  • Mail: P.O. Box 27187, Lansing, MI 48909
  • Scan and send via email: kjohnson@michiganfitness.org (.pdf or .jpg format)

Deadline: Friday, April 22, 2016

Prizes:

  • 1st Prize: Bicycle, courtesy of Farm Bureau Insurance, printed poster and recognition on saferoutesmichigan.org and michiganfitness.org
  • 2nd Prize: Bike helmet, pedometer, printed poster and recognition on saferoutesmichigan.org and michiganfitness.org
  • 3rd Prize: Reflective SRTS clips for backpack or bike, pedometer, printed poster and recognition on saferoutesmichigan.org and michiganfitness.org

Only entries sent on or before Friday, April 22, 2016 will be accepted. Judging will take place the week of April 25, and winners will be announced on Friday, April 29. Judging will be based on creativity, inclusion of theme and originality. Age and grade will play a factor in the judging.

Download the entry form (PDF)

Farm Bureau Insurance Agent Registration

All Farm Bureau Insurance Agents in Michigan are encouraged to register to sponsor an elementary or middle school on ACES and Bike to School Day.

How it works:

  • Choose from this list of options to determine your donation to the school
  • Register below as a sponsoring agent—on this form you’ll specify which school you’d like to sponsor and what options you’ve chosen to give
  • You’ll then get an email from the Michigan Fitness Foundation to help you plan your ACES Day on May 4, 2016.
  • Utilize this Agent Tool Kit to help you generate ideas and plan

 

Farm Bureau Agents Ben and Kelsey Starr Sponsor Schools for ACES Day

For the 18th year, the Michigan Fitness Foundation and Farm Bureau Insurance are partnering for All Children Exercise Simultaneously (ACES) and Bike to School Day, creating opportunities for local Farm Bureau agents to sponsor physical activity at elementary and middle schools throughout Michigan.

ACES Day is made possible through the generous support of agents like Kelsey and Ben Starr, who have been sponsoring schools in the Monroe area for six years.

“Ben and I have three boys at home,” says Kelsey. “We believe that the younger they learn the importance of physical fitness and activity, the better the chances that it will stick with them.”

Many agents like the Starrs spend time encouraging and inspiring students to stay physically active. “It’s always fun to see the kids exercising during ACES Day, and it’s good for the community. Because of this, it’s important that we get involved,” Kelsey said.

Questions? Ask Allie McLary at allie@piperandgold.com

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