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Hynes Charter School Selected for the Specialized Foundation School Bike Program Grant


For Immediate Release




The Riding for FocusBike Program will begin Fall 2018

990 Harrison Ave., May 31, 2018– The Specialized Foundation announced that Hynes Charter School is one of the select nationwide schools to receive a grant to begin the Riding for Focuscycling program for the 2018-2019 school year. The Riding for Focus curriculumintegrates cycling into physical education classes as a way to help students achieve academic, health, and social success.

“In addition to 36 new schools across the nation, we are delighted to have Hynes join The Specialized Foundation family,” said Ted Theocheung CEO, The Specialized Foundation. “With this years’ additional schools, our foundation will reach over 20,000 students, across 77 schools, in 30 states. We look forward to working closely Hynesto improve their students’ lives through cycling.”

As a recipient of this year’s grant, Hynes will gain access to the Riding for Focus program curriculum, a fleet of bikes, a starter maintenance kit, and helmets to activate the program. Additionally, a select program champion will attend an in-person training hosted by The Specialized Foundation to ensure success as the program is integrated into classrooms this Fall.


“We are so excited to receive this grant from The Specialized Foundation,” said Hynes Charter School CEO Michelle Douglas.  “Our school is dedicated to offering balanced, yet challenging experiences for our students. Receiving this grant will enable us to expand our social emotional learning opportunities while further enhancing our academics. Bike riding is so much fun!”


Riding for Focus is designed to introduce middle school students to cycling’s positive effects on academic performance, health, and social success. The curriculum was developed based on studies conducted by a third-party research organization that investigated the impact of cycling on middle school students. Students that follow the curriculum have seen improvements in their standardized test scores, and the increased physical activity helps to establish life-long habits for exercise, fitness, and wellness. The program has been found to be an inclusive experience for all students, across all ethnographic, demographic, and geographic factors, and is flexible enough to deploy in all types of schools with class sizes from ten to fifty.


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About The Specialized Foundation:

The Specialized Foundation was established in 2015 with the intention of introducing students to cycling’s positive effects on academic performance, health, and wellbeing, with a focus on students with learning differences like ADHD.

About Hynes Charter School:

Hynes Charter School is SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) accredited with an “A” rating. Hynes offers a challenging academic curriculum that includes a progressive literacy program, gifted and talented courses, classes in art, instrumental music, vocal music, library, theater and physical education. It boasts an exceptionally low student-teacher ratio of 18:1. The Hynes staff is 100 percent certified with over 40 percent holding Masters Degrees or higher in Education. In addition, Hynes offers a French Immersion program for grades Kindergarten-thru-5th that instructs students in Math, Science, and Social Studies using the French language in an applied manner. Students enrolled in traditional classes are also enrolled in 30 minutes of French language per day. Hynes is a place where cultural diversity, high academic achievement, positive behavior, and school pride are valued and celebrated. Through distributed leadership, Hynes has high standards and clear expectations for achievement.



School Contact:

Heather Harper

(504) 289-0499

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