Congratulations to Blair Road Public School for winning the 2015 Barrday Schools of Excellence Award! The school has received a $10,000 grant to put one stationary bike in all 15 classrooms.

In June, Blair Road PS teacher Jackie Nash-Smowton, who teaches their congregated Learning Disabilities program, won the Barrday Teacher of Excellence award. As part of the award process, Barrday offers the award recipients an opportunity to submit a proposal for a school project that has a “direct and meaningful impact on the school lives of students,” and can be funded up to $10,000. Jackie and her colleague, Michael Bolton, put together the “Sparks Fly” project proposal that promotes self-regulation practices for students at Blair Road PS through stationary bikes as learning tools.

In the coming weeks, the school will be adding 13 additional stationary bikes to the two bikes already purchased by Blair Road PS School Council. The pedaling initiative started last spring to test out their proposed self-regulation theory, which ended up proving helpful and was the basis of the award submission. The staff and students at Blair Road PS are very excited to adopt this new learning technique, and increase student success!

A huge thank you to the Barrday Company for their recognition and generous support – and to Lisa Rutledge, a Reporter from the Cambridge Times, for covering this story. You can read her article today!


A student learning while pedaling on one of Blair Road's stationary bikes.

A student learning while pedaling on one of Blair Road’s stationary bikes.