It could be argued that bicycles are part of the fundamental necessities for children growing up in the United States. Not only does it help develop motor skills, but it also provides them a method of transportation. Not to mention, it’s one of the funnest and easiest skills to learn.
How many of us have memories of riding our bikes around town, through our neighborhoods and to our friend’s houses?
Katie Blomquist, a teacher at Pepperhill Elementary School in North Charleston, South Carolina, agrees with that sentiment, and knew she had to do something when she found out that one of her students desperately wanted a bicycle, but his family was unable to afford to buy one for him.
"It's the basic childhood right – it’s joy. Every single child deserves that, and a bike is one of the top things that represents that," said Katie.
Her idea? Crowdfund money to buy bicycles for every student at Pepperhill Elementary.
“I wanted to make family memories, a sense of ownership. A lot of Title 1 kids don't own anything that is theirs,” she said.
So, that’s what she did. And her goal of raising at least $65,000 was achieved and then some, with more than $80,000 being donated to help fund the purchasing of bicycles for the kids of Pepperhill Elementary.
After the money was raised, Katie partnered with Afford-A-Bike, a company on King Street that agreed to design and produce 100 tricycles for the younger students and 550 bicycles for the rest.
The result? 650 happy kids who now have their very own bike, and a community brought closer together because of it.
How amazing is that?
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h/t Business Insider