Project ReCycle was started in 2010 with a purpose of making children smile by providing them a bicycle. Our first run at this venture lead us to create a program that would not only guarantee smiles but would also influence children behavior in a positive manner. Children are encouraged to earn a bike by improving in 3 areas; Respect, Attendance and Academic Growth. Our Dream Bike program (DBP) has benefitted over 2300 children since its inception.
Researchers Levitt, List and Sadoff conducted a field experiment in 2010 that tested the effects of performance-based incentives on the educational achievements of students in a low performance school district of Chicago. They conducted a random field experiment using high school freshmen and a structured monthly incentive program based on multiple measures of performance such as attendance, discipline and letter grades. This program was either piece rate or lottery, where piece rate students who met monthly standards qualified for a $50 reward and lottery students had a 10 percent chance of winning of $500. If students met the standards each month, they received the money or chance at the money. The greatest effect was seen in students on the cusp of meeting the standards, and these students continued to outperform their peers well into their sophomore year. The researchers concluded that incentives that lead to sustained effort on a variety of performance measures can lead to lasting gains in behavior.
Our DBP is conducted annually primarily at the elementary school level. 2 schools are selected at the beginning of the school year to participate in the program. Schools are nominated in writing. We confirm the school meets our qualifications and set an initial visit with the Principal of such institution. Once the Principal agrees to participate, they are added to our list of candidates for the DBP. Our Board of Directors reviews the prospects and selects 2 schools to participate. Once the schools are selected, written communication is sent to the principals asking for confirmation of participation. Once confirmed is received, we set an initial meeting to establish a baseline for the 3 components we will measure. Once the baseline is established we set dates for visits in February and April to engage children to participate.
Every Elementary or high school participating in our Dream Bike program must be classified as a Title 1 according to the ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act ) on the year they participate. Participating schools must be willing to help us measure results of our program. Participating schools must allow us to use the school premises to run the event on the designated date. Participating school agrees to storage the bikes the night before. Students wishing to earn a bike must in addition participate in a drawing or essay contest describing their dream bike. Drawings and Essays became the property of Project ReCycle at the end of the event. 9220 Kimmer Dr. Suite 135 Lone Tree, CO 80124 www.ProjectReCycle.org firstname.lastname@example.org
Data and Use
At Project ReCycle we use information that is gathered from participating schools and compiled to find trends that can support our case for funding. Information is not used on a case by case basis. The information is generalized and then shared with our Grantors as they may request it. Project ReCycle obtains grants from private groups and the public sector. Grantors require substantial, quantifiable data that can demonstrate the results of our dream bike program.
At the conclusion of the program period, Project ReCycle will reward the students that have attained progress in any of the 3 categories. A refurbished bicycle, a new helmet, water bottle, bike lock and bike safety education will be given to qualifying students during a celebration event conducted at the school. In addition, every child that earns a bike will be invited to a short 3 mile ride lead by our Team Project ReCycle members.
It is our intent to stay connected with the school and the staff after the program period concludes. We rely on the school’s staff to continue encouraging students to improve in the 3 areas assessed. We also ask that they encourage children to ride their bikes to school as often as possible. We will conduct a 1 year visit with principal to determine the long term results of our program.