Students at Williams Elementary-Middle School (WEMS) have a new motivation for getting good grades and having good behavior. The school recently received the donation of a Segway, which administrators will use for student incentive purposes.
Segways are two-wheeled self-balancing electric vehicles that riders control with their body weight.
About three weeks ago, community member John Saller donated the Segway to the school because of health issues. The donation is worth about $4,700.
"He wanted it to go to somewhere where kids could use it, adults could use it," WEMS Principal Bryan Lords said.
The plan is for students of the month and students who have good grades, good attendance and good behavior to be able to ride the Segway for about 10 minutes at recess.
The school will require students to have parent permission, wear helmets and complete a safety orientation before riding the Segway. Students in third grade and older will be able to ride the Segway because of minimum weight requirements.
Williams Police Chief Herman Nixon donated six helmets to the school to use with the Segway. Once the school gets some additional smaller sized helmets, the students will be able to start riding the Segway.
The school's Segway model has three keys that will allow Lords to regulate the vehicle's speed when students are riding it. With the black key the Segway does not go above two miles per hour, with the yellow key it does not go above nine miles per hour and with the red key it goes as fast as 16 miles per hour.
"It has a safety feature where if you get going too fast, leaning too far forward, it will slow itself out and balance," Lords added.
Lords has also been taking advantage of the donation by riding the Segway to meetings at the high school.
"It takes me about eight to 10 minutes," he said. "It's saved me a lot of money in gas."
Lords has also been riding the Segway around the school to get the kids interested in earning the privilege of riding it.
"The kids love it," Lords said. "I ride it when they're at lunch. They all just kind of swarm and say, 'What's this? This is so cool.' They all want to ride it."
Posted: Sunday, February 23, 2014
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"and with the red key it goes as fast as 16 miles per hour." Minor correction here, the maximum speed of any Segway PT is limited to 12.5 mph.
Posted: Tuesday, February 18, 2014
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I love reading all the great articles you have about the students, their teachers, and the administration in your area. It is rewarding to see you value your children and how they feel through acknowledgements and rewards. Thanks for not always printing the negative and bad things that go on in the world, state and cities.