On the morning of May 7th, hundreds of kids and their parents showed up with huge smiles on their faces. It was time for Project ReCycle’s annual Dream-Bike Giveaway at Goddard Middle School. Each student earned their own bike based on teacher recommendation for attendance, behavior, and grade improvement. Out of 195 students, 175 earned a new bike, helmet, lock, and water bottle!
A sea of bicycles were spread out on the grass that morning waiting to be picked by the children. There were rows of bikes for every size and taste… some were pink with fringe hanging off the handlebars, some were cruisers, and then there were mountain bikes with shocks and gears.
The children were measured and fitted for their new bikes and helmets. Volunteer bike mechanics stood by with racks and tools to make sure each bike was in top notch condition.
After the kids chose their bikes, there was lots more to do. Many hopped right on and sped off on their new ride, zooming around the school drop-off loop. A couple of the boys had a race! For those who didn’t feel like riding quite yet, there was a bike-decorating station and a face-painting station. The boys loved the sound that old-school playing cards made after they stuck them in the tire spokes. And the girls seemed to enjoy the pinwheels, fringe, and all things sparkly.
Project ReCycle also provided lots of goodies… volunteers were making freshly-popped popcorn, fluffy, pink cotton candy and serving bagels, donuts, and drinks.
It turned out to be a fun time for all. Many thanks go out to all of the dedicated volunteers. This event could not take place without your help! And congratulations to all the students who earned their amazing, new bikes!