School unicycle club teaches balance, courage

Education 21st Century

Students at McEachron Elementary in Topeka are learning how to ride unicycles and also a lot about life. 

Principal Vic Williams got the idea to start a club to teach students how to ride last summer. 

“When I’d go on vacation or different places, I’d look on Facebook Marketplace for unicycles,” said Williams. “My wife thought I was crazy.” 

Williams also applied for grants to help buy unicycles to start the club, eventually rounding up more than 24 unicycles.

Williams said the club is a way for him and other staff to connect with students and help to teach them important life lessons like learning from failure, consistency, and patience. 

He said it’s not easy for students to learn at first but they eventually get the hang of it. 

Student Ethan Green was among the first to learn how to ride. Now, he is helping other students learn how the master the new skill. 

Green now even riding 6-foot unicycles, which he said were scary at first. 

“Especially when you look down,” said Green. “If you look ahead and don’t think about being on a tall (unicycle) then it will help.”

Green said learning how to ride a unicycle is fairly simple. 

“Never give up and keep peddling,” said Green. “That’s really it.”

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