Then they pulled back a curtain to display an entire fleet of shiny two-wheelers — more than 100 of them, neatly parked in rows, with tags still attached — and revealed that every third-grader was leaving with a new bike and helmet.
The crowd went wild.
“Bikes for Kids Foundation’s tremendous gift of 133 bikes for Thorman third-graders not only gives many children their first bike, it brings the entire community together,” Principal Deanna Parks said.
In fact, when a lift gate broke on the delivery truck, Tustin Police officers showed up to help offload the bikes in the rain, one at a time, Parks said.
“Community volunteers gave up their Sunday to assemble all the bikes,” she said. “Our students were in shock and so grateful for the generosity of everyone.”
According to its website, the Bikes for Kids Foundation has impacted more than 57,000 economically disadvantaged children since 2002.
The program provides character-building books and lessons at campuses with large percentages of Title 1 students, culminating with an essay assignment. This year, Thorman students had the choice of writing about a time when they used grit to accomplish a goal, or what it means to be a “bucket filler.”