As two Keppel Elementary School teachers lay side by side on the playground blacktop Wednesday, there were more than a few wide eyes in the crowd. But with a kick of his pedals, pro BMX rider Shawn White — no relation to the red-headed Olympic snowboarder by the same name — cleared the pair with several inches to spare.
It was one of scores of tricks White performed during the Red Ribbon Week event, designed to turn students off from drugs and on to healthy alternatives.
“This practices individualism,” said the decorated BMX rider and veteran Red Ribbon Week performer. “This gets you off the couch. This isn’t a team sport. This is self-motivating and self-entertaining.”
It was the second consecutive year the Keppel Elementary School PTA has sponsored the BMX assembly, said school parent Kim Fedrick.
“I don’t think you can start too early teaching kids about making healthy choices,” she said.