The William Floyd Bicycle Academy, a program founded by occupational therapist Ed Diaz, just concluded its fifth summer of helping children learn how to ride a bicycle. This summer was the bicycle academy’s largest yet, with an increase in participants and volunteers in the program; approximately 50 students joined with another 40 learning during integrated occupational therapy. From its inception in 2014, nearly 200 students have benefited from the William Floyd Bicycle Academy. “There is such a need that people are constantly coming to me all throughout the year,” said Diaz. With learning how to ride independently being the long-term goal, many students made incremental progress along the way, including learning how to balance, turn, pedal, start, stop, etc., which are all skills required to ride without assistance. The program could not be a success without a support system in place, such as the volunteers from Carmella Currao’s class, who work behind the scenes setting up the program each week, as well as Frank Brust, Laurel Colonna, Susan Dubois, Amy Nardi, Lisa Pedota, Ravi Seeram, Josh Young and more. It would also not be possible without the generous donations from the staff and community including the United Paraprofessional and Teaching Assistant Association, which donated three balance bikes this year.The William Floyd Bicycle Academy is scheduled to return for a sixth year next summer. All William Floyd students and parents are more than welcome to join, whether as a rider or as a volunteer. Anyone interested is encouraged to email Ed Diaz at firstname.lastname@example.org. Pictured are participants and volunteers in the fifth William Floyd Bicycle Academy program as well as Diaz helping a student learn how to ride.