Crank Up Steppenwolf’s Born to Be Wild! Campus School of Carlow University Pre-School Students Ride in St. Jude’s Trike-A-Thon

The Campus School of Carlow University Pre-School students ride their trikes to raise money for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

University Communications For Immediate Release
Drew Wilson, Director, Media Relations May 21, 2015
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Students and Families Raise Money to Support Research and Treatment of Childhood Cancer

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Even though they won’t get their “motors running” or “head out on the highway,” on Friday, May 22, 2015, students from The Campus School of Carlow University’s traditional pre-school, Pre-K, Montessori 3-to-5-year-old classes, and Kindergarten classes will demonstrate their true biking spirit as they ride their bikes in a Trike-A-Thon to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®.

“The students and their families have been raising donation money for the last two or three weeks to donate to St. Jude’s when the event is finished,” said Jennifer Filak, assistant director of the Early Childhood Programs of The Campus School of Carlow University.  “The money they raise will go to the research and treatment of childhood cancer and other deadly diseases by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®.”

The Trike-A-Thon will take place on the sidewalk around the campus green of Carlow University on Friday, May 22, 2015, beginning at 9 a.m. and lasting until approximately 2 p.m. * More than 90 children will participate in the Trike-A-Thon, but they will be riding during their assigned class time, so all the children won’t be riding at the same time.

The general schedule for the Trike-A-Thon is:

9 a.m. – Preschool

9:30 a.m. – Kindergarten 1

10 a.m. – Montessori 1

10:30 a.m. – Montessori 2

11:15 a.m. – Pre-Kindergarten

2 p.m. – Kindergarten 2

*In the event of bad weather, a rain date will be scheduled for the week of May 25.

The Trike-A-Thon is not simply about raising money either.  Bike safety is a key concern, as well.

“Each day next week, children will complete a lesson on bicycle/helmet safety provided by St. Jude’s,” said Filak.  “They’ll receive coloring books to go along with the safety lessons.  In order to participate in the Trike-A-Thon at the end of the week, all children must wear a helmet and practice proper safety measures.”

In this regard, Filak considers participation in the Trike-A-Thon to be a fun activity that teaches two important lessons.

“Not only do we teach our children valuable safety lessons, we teach them how they can help kids like them who are battling cancer and other deadly diseases,” she said.


Editor’s Note:  The news media are welcome to cover the Trike-A-Thon around the Carlow University campus green.  A half hour has been allotted for each class period, but please understand that because they are pre-school students, they may tire of riding around in circles before their class time is complete.  The best visuals will occur early in each class’ time slot.  Please contact Drew Wilson on his cell phone at 412.260.6807 to arrange convenient parking.

About the Campus School of Carlow University

The Campus School of Carlow University is an independent, coeducational, Catholic day school for Pre-Kindergarten through grade eight, and a Montessori Preschool program. The Campus School espouses Judeo-Christian values, features a strong comprehensive core curriculum and champions a holistic approach to learning that develops the creativity and unique gifts of each child.

About Carlow University
Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Carlow University was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1929. Offering both undergraduate and graduate programs, Carlow University is a comprehensive master’s institution dedicated to learner-centered education at the collegiate levels and at the elementary school level in the Campus School of Carlow University.

About St. Jude
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering research and treatment of children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The hospital’s research has helped push overall survival rates for childhood cancer from less than 20 percent when the institution opened to almost 80 percent today. It is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children, and no family ever pays St. Jude for care. For more information, go to and follow St. Jude on and

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