A huge, 200-wheel surprise awaited one hundred students of Smoketree Elementary School in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., Friday, February 20th. They each received a free bicycle and helmet through a joint Adopt-a-Bike event organized by the Loss Prevention Foundation and the USS Foundation.
The bicycles waited under tarps in the multipurpose room of the school. Once the tarps were lifted, each surprised student received their bike, followed by bicycle training by firefighter Luther Smith of Lake Havasu City Firefighters Association.
Eighty-two percent of students of Smoketree Elementary are on a free or reduced cost lunch program, which is indicative of the hard economic circumstances their families live in. But the school’s teachers told us about individual kids who have shown exemplary perseverance in the face of economic adversity and who have made great efforts to grow academically. And we wanted to do something awesome for those children!